INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The State Board of Education has agreed to extend ISTEP+ testing after weeks of frigid temperatures and heavy snowfalls that have forced repeated closures of many Indiana schools.

WISH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1lDO2tb ) the board voted unanimously Thursday to approve extending the applied skills portion of the exam from March 3 until March 21. That testing had been scheduled for March 3 through March 12.

The board also extended ISTEP’s IRead-3 testing from March 17 until March 21, providing two more days of testing for third-graders.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz recommended the change after many Indiana schools closed for multiple days this winter because of heavy snows and subzero temperatures.

ISTEP+ exams are administered annually to third- through eighth-grade students and cover English, math, science and social studies.