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3:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on ISTEP Glitches

The president of the company that administers the ISTEP  standardized test to students across Indiana is scheduled to defend her company before a panel of state lawmakers this week.

Nearly 80,000 students were frozen out of the online portion of the test last month because of computer glitches.

CTB/McGraw-Hill  President Ellen Haley is scheduled to testify before the legislative panel Friday.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz also announced last week that the state has hired an independent contractor to review the test results.

McGraw-Hill is in the third year of a four-year, $95 million contract to provide the test.   State Sen. Dennis Kruse wants the company to pay for the review and to reimburse the state for other costs related to the failure.

The ISTEP test is used to determine school ratings and teacher merit pay.

In Kentucky, there were similar online problems with the ACT college readiness exam, which is administered by a different company.