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Ritz Says ISTEP Review To Look For Invalid Tests

Laptops set up with pencils and scratch paper at the ready in a temporary testing lab at Tecumseh Junior High in Lafayette. School principal Brett Gruetzmacher says his school needs to set up temporary testing spaces to accomodate the number of test-takers they have this year.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says there will be a review of whether some ISTEP exams are invalid after the testing window closes Friday.

Schools are completing the tests later than originally planned. The state extended the ISTEP testing deadline after problems with the online assessments forced schools around the state to suspend testing for two days earlier this month.

But Ritz says she is encouraged by how schools have bounced back. She adds that once testing is completed, the state will begin looking at how to make the system more efficient.

“I think one of the things that we can do next year to make sure we don’t have problems is to have the practice test all done at the same time and have the load of students on so we can see what the issues might be during the practice session,” Ritz says.

That was not done this year and technical glitches forced suspending ISTEP testing during the first few days. Ritz says the exams have gone smoothly since.

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