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To Bridge 'Digital Divide,' Obama Will Expand Internet Access In Rural Schools

President Obama will announce Thursday a program designed to expand high-speed internet connections in rural areas “for 99 percent of students across the country,” reports The Washington Post: Under the initiative, which Obama will lay out in an afternoon speech at a high-tech middle school in North Carolina, nearly all of the nation’s students will have [...]

After Disrupted Exams, Indiana's Largest District Says It Won't Accept ISTEP+ Results

A Carpe Diem student logs into a computer in the school's "learning center," where each student has his or her own workstation.

After widespread disruptions to the online standardized tests used to evaluate Indiana students, teachers and schools, the state’s largest school district announced Wednesday it “has refused to accept results — good or bad — from this year’s ISTEP+ exam,” reports the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette’s Sarah Janssen: Fort Wayne Community Schools… is calling on lawmakers [...]

Another Online ISTEP+ Problem Temporarily Halts Testing In IPS Schools

An update on CTB/McGraw Hill's website saying schools can resume administering the online ISTEP+ after a new problem led at least one district to temporarily halt testing.

Indianapolis Public Schools briefly halted online ISTEP+ testing Monday morning after a new “network issue” disrupted the exams. But an update on the testing company’s website — as of 12:30 Eastern — says the issue “has been resolved,” and IPS administrators have given the go-ahead for schools to resume testing, district spokesperson John Althardt tells StateImpact.

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, [...]

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