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Indiana Education Panel On ISTEP+ Problems: 'This Is Disastrous'

State superintendent Glenda Ritz leads a study session at a meeting of the State Board of Education.

Members of the executive panel that oversees Indiana education echoed the frustrations of teachers and local school officials after two straight days of widespread problems for students taking ISTEP+ exams online. State superintendent Glenda Ritz kicked off the State Board of Education’s study session Wednesday with discussion of the issues as schools statewide were resuming testing, […]

Oklahoma Schools Suspend Testing After Same Glitch That Sunk Monday ISTEP+

“School testing came to a halt statewide early Monday because the CTB/McGraw-Hill testing company servers in New Jersey crashed around 9 a.m., state education officials said,” a newspaper wrote Monday morning. It wasn’t an Indiana paper writing this, though — it’s an Oklahoma paper, the Tulsa World: In the last week of Oklahoma’s April testing […]

'Teaching To The Test': A Problem Worth Fixing? Or Not A Problem At All?

The sign outside a Greene County school encourages students as ISTEP+ testing gets underway.

There’s an oft-repeated critique of the education policy overhaul Indiana’s seen in recent years. An increased emphasis on exam scores, the line goes, has created a “one-size-fits-all accountability system [that] pressures school districts to spend an inordinate amount of time teaching to the test” — a charge many testing supporters call unfair. One scholar at […]

Pal-Item: How Weather-Related School Closings Affect ISTEP Testing

A snowman with his snowson on a leash.

From the Richmond Palladium-Item: Despite Wednesday’s widespread closings of area schools, local educators still expect most students to complete the administration of Indiana’s high-stakes standards exam, the ISTEP, by the end of this week. Indiana schools actually have until March 13 to finish the applied skills, or the written part, of the exam. The testing […]

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