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TESTING TESTS: ISTEP+ results probed

May 24, 2013

PIERCETON — With computer malfunctions and online disconnects, ISTEP+ testing was deemed “a mess” by Indiana lawmakers.

The state-mandated test experienced technical difficulties when testing contractor, McGraw-Hill, was unable to keep up on the demand.

Testing results have a determination on overall school performance, as well as student and teacher evaluations. With the lack of testing consistency, concerns are rising across the state on how integral the testing results can be.

Indiana lawmakers said Thursday they will spend the coming months reviewing computer troubles with a statewide standardized test.

At Whitko Community School Corporation’s board meeting Monday, both Pierceton Elementary and South Whitley Elementary principals shared their perspective on the tests.

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