Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

August 2, 2013

Testing glitches had 'no negative impact'

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Behning has previously said that Ritz should have waited until the ISTEP analysis was completed. “Now it appears she mis-shot,” Behning said.

The ISTEP report was scheduled to be presented today to the legislative Education Commission. The analysis cost about $50,000 and will likely be covered by a financial penalty to be paid by the testing company, CTB McGraw-Hill.

Ritz said the state DOE is conducting “an ongoing negotiation regarding settlement with CTB McGraw-Hill.”

Individual ISTEP results have yet to distributed to students and schools. Ritz said the DOE is now processing ISTEP student results to be available online to parents and students.

About one-sixth of students taking the ISTEP test online were forced offline during the testing period in April and May because of inadequate computer memory. Most students were able resume taking the test within a few minutes.

In his analysis, Hill credited teachers and students for recovering quickly from whatever stress the interruptions may have caused.

“Although no data were collected that would confirm this hypothesis, it seems most plausible that the response to the interruptions, by both students and school personnel, was enough to overcome the potential problems created by the interruptions,” Hill wrote in his report. “Students apparently worked as diligently on the tests as they would have if they hadn’t been interrupted, and school personnel apparently minimized the impact of the interruptions on students’ testing experiences.”

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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