According to the jstl specification 1.1, the varStatus attribute of the forEach tag should create a variable with type javax.servlet.jsp.jstl.core.LoopTagStatus. Currently a variable is set with type Integer which contains the index of the current iteration. I created a test case (I don't think any existed for forEach) that demonstrates this. I also began making the fix, but it doesn't fully work. I am submitting my patch along with the test cases. The comments I placed in the code should be enough to tip someone off as to why it's not working (I hope). I am relatively new to jelly (been using the standard taglibs for awhile) and have never opened the source before. I am willing to complete the patch, but will probably need some guidance because I messed with it for awhile before determing I couldn't complete without some help. Thanks!