WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Wednesday was the third day students at schools around the state tried to take the ISTEP test. Computer glitches stopped the tests for two straight days.
"Things have gone well technology-wise for us today, which makes us happy," Superintendent of Lafayette School Corporation Les Huddle said.
The Department of Education asked schools to reduce their daily testing load until further notice in order to ease the pressure on the computer server that administers the tests. Administrators said the process went smooth Wednesday.
"All schools were requested to diminish testing by 50 percent," Superintendent of West Lafayette Community School Corporation Dr. Rocky Killion explained.
"My number one concern as the superintendent is that we get assessments completed," Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz said. "We are going to operate at the 50 percent load to be sure that we're not going to have interruptions."
Ritz has called the testing problems "unacceptable." In a press conference Wednesday, Ritz explained how the testing vendor, McGraw Hill Education said the glitches started because the computer server couldn't keep up with the amount of activity.
"We're talking about sustainability of load," Ritz explained. "So the numbers of students that are actually on at the given time and being able to sustain that load over a period of time. "
But even though students were able to start testing Wednesday, school administrators said now they're worried about whether or not the results will be valid.
"With the testing environment that was created for many corporations and many students around the state of Indiana, the validity is always going to be questioned now for this year's results," Huddle said. "That's just a fact."
"I've always even questioned the validity of not only this technology method, but I've questioned overall the validity of standardized testing," Killion explained.
Officials with the Department of Education said it will work with schools to ensure they have the time they need to fairly administer the test. As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly 300,000 testing sessions were completed statewide.
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