TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - On Monday afternoon school administrators left work being told ISTEP testing would begin as normal the next day. Tuesday morning brought more problems.
All testing in the state was suspended for a second day because of glitches in the online system.
"[The students] would get into the actual assessment," Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Les Huddle said. "Then it would kick them off. We would have to reboot and restart then we would get kicked off again."
Huddle said every student from third to eighth grades are taking the test. In a statement from Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz she said she suspended all testing in the state Tuesday afternoon.
She said she is disappointed in the system, which is administered by McGraw Hill Education.
Superintendents now question the validity, reliability and accuracy of the test.
"My problem moving forward is the validity of the testing, whether or not we are going to get accurate results for our kids," West Lafayette Community School Corporation Rocky Killion said. "That to me is the most important and I believe that we should start with a clean slate."
"We want to make sure our testing environment is one where we get a valid assessment, and most importantly a true assessment of the students' skills," Huddle said. "We are not sure we are going to get that now."
The state inherited the $95-million four-year contract from former State School Superintendent Tony Bennett.
There is no word on when testing will resume.
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