Expect to hear some of the first public comments from CTB/McGraw-Hill president Ellen Haley since problems with the company’s servers kicked at least 78,000 Indiana students out of their tests two months ago. Local district officials have identified another 67,000 disruptions.
It’s all prompted state superintendent Glenda Ritz to hire an outside expert to review the results and raised serious questions about whether this year’s ISTEP scores should count toward state-mandated ratings for schools and teachers.
Indianapolis Public Schools spokesperson John Althardt says no matter the result of the hearings, doubts about this year’s ISTEP will remain.
“There will always be a question mark attached to this testing period,” said Althardt. ” nd I don’t think that’s fair considering all the effort and time that was put in it by our parents and by our students and by our teachers.”
Lawmakers have also invited a representative for the state’s Department of Education and other company officials to testify before opening the floor for public comment.
Indiana House Education Committee Chair Bob Behning has said lawmakers want to find out what exactly caused the problems, and to determine whom they should hold responsible.
CTB’s current contract to provide the online ISTEP exams is worth more than $95 million.