Delayed I-STEP Exam Scores Released Today
September 18, 2013 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students scored slightly higher on the ISTEP taken last spring, despite computer problems that interrupted some of the exams.
Scores went up statewide in language arts – with 79.5 percent of students passing, just a fraction of a percentage point higher than last year.
Math scores were higher as well: 82.7 percent of students passed the math portion of the test last spring compared with 81.2 percent a year ago.
About 73.5 percent of students passed both sections.
“Despite considerable difficulties, our students improved their overall performance yet again, and deserve our congratulations,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in a statement about the scores.
Last spring, server problems at CTB/McGraw-Hill – which administers the test – led to problems for the computer-based exam. Some students were kicked out of the test or had to pause in the middle of an exam. Some had to start their tests over and the state was forced to expand the testing window to ensure that all students had an opportunity to complete the exams.
In all, about 78,000 students suffered testing interruptions, although an independent analysis found the problems did not have a measurable negative impact on statewide scores.
But the Indianan Department of Education invalided nearly 1,400 scores based on the amount of interruption suffered by the students.
The problems delayed the release of ISTEP scores, according to Ritz’s office. Earlier this month, parents and teachers gained access to individual student scores.
School and corporation level data is now available can be found here http://www.doe.in.gov/improvement/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports.