A third party reviewed the recent online ISTEP+ disruptions and determined they have not had a measurable negative impact on students.
The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment has found that the statewide impact of the glitches on student scores wasn't measurable.
"First, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Indiana students, parents, teachers, administrators and the employees of the Department of Education," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. "Because of their dedication and hard work, the impact of these interruptions was limited. However, let me be clear, the problems with the ISTEP+ contractor were absolutely unacceptable. Every student deserves the opportunity to take a fair and uninterrupted assessment."
According to the Associated Press, nearly 143,000 students in grades three through eight had at least one part of their test interrupted when server glitches kicked them offline. That's almost 29 percent of all students who took the test.
The report also concludes that the slight increases in overall scores seen between 2012 and this year were on par with other years.
The Department of Education is arranging a settlement with CTB McGraw-Hill. The next steps for the Department include processing student reports to be available online to parents and students.
An interactive map showing the ISTEP+ interruptions by the school corporation can be found by clicking here: http://www.stats.indiana.edu/maptools/ISTEPinterruptions.html.
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