INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - ISTEP testing is back on for students across the Lafayette area and the state who have had immense difficulty with the online testing this week. The Department of Education has given the go ahead to resume ISTEP testing Wednesday morning.
In a statement released Tuesday night, the Department of Education (DOE) said testing can resume as long as schools decrease their daily test load to 50 percent.
The company responsible for online testing, CTB/McGraw Hill Education, has assured them that testing can resume. The department assures schools that they will have the time they need to fairly administer the test. The DOE said more information will be released Wednesday.
Meanwhile, State Representative Sheila Klinker (D-27) said she spoke with officials close to State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz Tuesday.
Klinker said that Ritz has plans to meet with CTB/McGraw-Hill Education and renegotiate the $95 million contract the state has with the company to administer the tests.
"Not give her the money back that Dr. Bennett promised them when he signed the contract but they would renegotiate and give her equipment back that would definitely work," said Klinker.
After teaching for 35 years, Klinker said she hopes the issues with the online testing will force everybody to stand back and look at testing. In the future, she wants more money to go toward remediation programs and less towards testing.
News 18 left several messages Tuesday with CTB/McGraw-Hill Education requesting an interview. Our calls have not been returned.
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