LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It's been one month since ISTEP issues hit classrooms around the state. Computer glitches caused long delays and headaches for teachers and students alike.
"When it happened we had a lot of feedback from teachers," Lafayette Education Association co-president Jennifer Smith-Margraf said. "They were obviously very stressed."
Smith-Margraf said now that testing is over educators are still dealing with this year's ISTEP problems. Teachers evaluations, school funding, and school grades are all dependent on test scores. With all the glitches some are wondering if the scores will be valid.
"It was a demand that went out that if we're going to be judged on this that it be fair and equitable," Smith-Margraf said. "I think the Department of Education has heard that and that's part of why they've gone with this third party vendor system."
A process that could delay test results until July when they normally are released in May.
"They want that score to be fair and so I think most teachers are understanding that it's going to take some time in order to judge that third party review and that's very important," Smith-Margraf said.
With some schools already out for the summer and others only a few weeks away Smith-Margraf said now all they can do is finish the year and wait for results.
"Now it's how quickly but fairly can they do that process so that people can get their scores back because people are not going to know what their school grade is going to be, what their own personal score is going to be, and whether or not their pay will increase until they get that back," the association co-president said.
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