TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - ISTEP testing was on hold for several area school corporations Monday and it's all because of computer problems.
The problem: Several students were getting kicked off the online testing Monday and had to keep logging back on. Both superintendents from Tippecanoe School Corporation and West Lafayette Community School Corporation (WLCSC) said enough was enough. They suspended the online testing.
Both corporations were in contact with the Department of Education (DOE) all day Monday. Both superintendents said they've been notified that the testing vendor, CTB by McGraw Hill Education, is working on the problem.
West Lafayette Superintendent Rocky Killion said the state has paid the company $95 million to administer the tests to students in grades three through eight. Both Killion and TSC Superintendent Scott Hanback said it was best for the students if the online testing was put on hold. Killion said for $95 million, there shouldn't be problems like this during such high-stakes testing.
"There are other ways that we can do this without spending $95 million of taxpayer money to determine whether or not students are learning and teachers are teaching," said Killion.
"It affects our kids and their testing. They need a quiet and calm testing environment. They need the online communication capability that they can test in an uninterrupted manner. And that's just not being delivered right now," said Hanback.
Both superintendents said it's a statewide issue. Hanback said one school at Lafayette School Corporation was testing Monday. But News 18 wasn't able to get in touch with Superintendent Les Huddle Monday evening.
Both Killion and Hanback hope testing can resume as soon as possible because of scheduling. Hanback said the corporation should hear back from the DOE early Tuesday, but he's not sure if testing will be able to resume then.
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