Wed May 29, 2013
Indiana Launching Outside Review of ISTEP Problems
Indiana's Department of Education is seeking an outside review of the ISTEP exam administered this academic year following a series of computer glitches that will likely delay test results until this summer.
Agency spokesman Daniel Altman says it has begun the process of selecting an independent evaluator to assess the test's validity. Test contractor CTB/McGraw-Hill says problems with the online exam this month would likely delay results until July.
Problems with the online format affected roughly 70,000 tests and have led some school administrators to say the results should be ruled invalid. A state legislative committee plans to review the troubles in the coming months.
The tests results have grown intensely important in the last few years, following legislation that ties results to teacher pay and how much money school districts receive.