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I-STEP Disruption Effects “Not Measurable”

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July 29, 2013 — Indiana’s Department of Education is sharing the results of a study about how disruptions to the spring’s standardized school testing process affected test outcomes.

It says the study shows, “Because of the efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents, as well as the swift and decisive actions taken by Superintendent Ritz, the average negative statewide impact on scores was not measurable. However, this does not mitigate the effect the interruptions had on students, parents and teachers throughout Indiana,” and “At this time, the exact impact of interruptions at the individual, classroom and teacher level cannot be ascertained.”

The State’s education department hired Dr. Richard Hill to investigate how computer interruptions with Indiana’s standardized school testing administrator CTB McGraw-Hill in April affected results.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said today, “As Dr. Hill stated in his report, ‘We cannot know definitively how students would have scored this spring if the interruptions had not happened.’ Because of this, I have given local schools the flexibility they need to minimize the effect these tests have on various matters, such as teacher evaluation and compensation. I have also instructed CTB McGraw-Hill to conduct enhanced stress and load testing to ensure that their servers are fully prepared for next year’s test and ensure that this never happens again.”

The Indiana Department of Education says it is conducting an ongoing negotiation with CTB McGraw-Hill regarding a compensatory settlement.

Next steps for the Department include processing student reports to be available online to parents and students, and calculating A-F accountability results.


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