I-STEP Exam Scores Review Expected Today
July 29, 2013 — Indiana legislators will likely learn today whether students on this year’s disrupted I-STEP exams will count toward their schools’ ratings. As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, state lawmakers have called a New Hampshire-based testing expert to appear before a legislative committee atr the Statehouse this afternoon….
State education officials hired the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill six weeks ago to review the results of this year’s ISTEP test. He’s been combing through the data to find out if the server problems that caused at least 78-thousand Indiana students’ testing websites to lock up had any impact on their final scores. Executives for testing company CTB/McGraw-Hill have already apologized for the computer issues that caused the interruptions. The company could face financial penalties of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. State superintendent Glenda Ritz says she’s offered districts flexibility in using the test results to determine teachers’ evaluation score — state law does mandate some link between ISTEP scores and teacher pay. But Hill’s testimony Monday might provide an answer to another lingering question: Can state officials use the test scores in calculating the letter grade ratings for the state’s public schools? Ritz is also scheduled to speak at the hearing, which begins at 1 p.m. For StateImpact Indiana, I’m Kyle Stokes.