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More ISTEP Computer Problems

4/30/2013

More computer glitches are being reported with ISTEP+ testing.  

Thousands of Hoosiers students received a break from the test Monday after technical errors knocked students off-line.  Problems were reported again with the online test Tuesday morning in a couple of the state's largest school systems including Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said in a statement early Tuesday afternoon suspending ISTEP testing for the day.

"This decision was not made lightly, but was done to minimize further disruptions for our schools," Ritz said.  "All of our students deserve to take a test that is valid, accurate and reliable."

Ritz said CTB McGraw-Hill, which administers the test, believes the testing will be able to resume on Wednesday.  She said she will communicate directly with schools regarding the timeframe to resume testing.

“The Indiana Department of Education is working with the company that administers the test to ensure that the rest of the test is administered smoothly and efficiently," said Ritz.  "We will also conduct a thorough review to determine the exact cause of this issue.  Finally, we will also work with local schools so that they have the time they need to administer a fair test for all Hoosier students.”

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