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Third Party To Determine Validity Of State’s ISTEP+ Results

The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment will determine whether testing interruptions should invalidate ISTEP+ scores.

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State superintendent Glenda Ritz plans to discuss the use of independent evaluators for test scores.

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State education officials have appointed an outside party to determine whether results of Indiana’s statewide tests are valid. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced at a statehouse press conference this morning that the New Hampshire-based National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment will conduct the review.

Testing company CTB McGraw Hill has identified at least 78-thousand students who had their ISTEP exams interrupted in April due to two separate problems on their exam servers.

Ritz said she anticipated the review will take 4 to 5 weeks. After testing experts at the Center review whether the interruptions impacted student’s results, they’ll determine whether the scores can be “adjusted.”

Ritz said Monday the high-stakes nature of the test made the review necessary. Teacher evaluation results and school ratings depend on the ISTEP scores.

8:10 a.m.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz plans to address the ISTEP review process at a press conference Monday in Indianapolis.

School districts are in limbo after more than 30,000 students experienced testing disruptions in April.The Department of Education (DOE) announced two weeks ago its plans to bring in an independent evaluator to assess the scores.

Schools have been working with the DOE to verify how many students were booted out of the tests.

Results of the test have been delayed for weeks and the state’s largest school district, Fort Wayne, has said it won’t use this year’s test results unless the scores are validated by a third party.

CTB/McGraw Hill is under contract with the state to provide testing services for one more year.

The Superintendent’s announcement is scheduled for 11 o’clock this morning at the statehouse.

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