ISTEP+ Testing Resumes After Statewide Glitch

The testing period for students taking the test online will be extended by three days.

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The online testing system has experienced computer problems the last several years.

ISTEP+ testing should resume today after a computer glitch put a stop to the online testing for students statewide.

Daniel Altman with the Department of Education say the problems on Monday stemmed from a technical error in the servers of CTB/McGraw-Hill, the company that administers the test.

The testing period for students taking the test online will be extended by three days. The online testing system has experienced computer problems the last several years.

The company is currently under a four-year, $95 million contract with the Indiana Department of Education.

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  • Monty Neill

    Happened in Oklahoma, too. Gives confidence for when computer-based Common Core tests are implemented – not. And what does the confusion and delay do for student apprehension and ability to pass when these corporate errors disrupt student plans and expectations?

  • Mouse Rat

    Same problems are occurring again statewide, despite some reports that Tuesday testing is going smoothly. CTB/McGraw-Hill’s contract stipulates a fine of $50,000 per day, increasing to $150,000 per day, not to exceed 10% of the $26,000,000 they are getting this year from the state. Someone needs to make sure those puddly fines are being assessed, as the costs to school districts and even families preparing their children for these tests far exceeds the cost of the fine to CTB/McGraw-Hill.

  • Mouse Rat

    CTB claimed the problem was due to a lack of memory in their servers, and that they added memory and even load-tested the servers before issuing an all-clear Tuesday morning. Guess they were wrong!

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