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ISTEP Testing Started Monday Plagued by Problems

ISTEP testing was scheduled to begin statewide Monday and was plagued by online problems.

Students in grades 3-8 in public and many nonpublic schools across the state were scheduled to take the multiple-choice section of the assessment online from Monday through May 8.

We talked to Greater Jasper School Assistant Superintendent Bob Hacker who told WITZ News:

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Hacker says the problems slowed them down in administering the tests and created a frustrating situation for both teachers and students alike.

Hacker said they are awaiting more information from the state:

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The students took the applied skills, open-ended, portion of ISTEP March 4-13. ISTEP’s purpose is to measure student achievement in English/Language Arts and math. Students in grades 4 and 6 are also tested in science, while students in grades 5 and 7 are evaluated in social studies.

Required by the state, each child will complete the multiple-choice portion of ISTEP online this year.

Officials said that CTBS, the company that does the testing, is onsite in Indianapolis at the Indiana Department of Education, but have not yet been able to fix the problems.  But they said that anything that has been answered will be in their database, so students will just resume where they left off Tuesday.

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that statewide ISTEP testing, suspended after problems on Monday, has encountered difficulty again today.

A message from McGraw Hill, the vender which administers ISTEP for the state, has recommended suspending testing until 12:30 p.m. due to “an increased incidence of interruptions.’’

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