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ISTEP+ Damages Could Be $613,600+

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June 22, 2013 — Indiana’s Department of Education says it has a tentative financial amount that it is seeking for ISTEP+ testing failure damages.

The Department announced Friday it will seek $613,600 from CTB McGraw-Hill, the company contracted by Indiana for ISTEP+ testing. Hoosier students experienced interruptions across the state during spring 2013 testing. These amounts are not final, and may well grow as results are reviewed by a third party and additional information is gained.

The DOE says preliminary damages will be at least $613,600 and could go into the millions of dollars. “That amount includes $400,000 in liquidated damages provided for in the contract between the Department of Education and CTB. It also includes $53,600 that the Department will spend to have a third party conduct an analysis of the scores of students that had their testing sessions interrupted and at least $160,00 for other related costs associated with enhanced reporting data.”

The Department of Education says that besides the preliminary damages, additional damages could stem from further investigation, including reimbursement to Indiana schools for additional costs incurred to administer ISTEP+ during the extended testing window and reimbursement to the Indiana Department of Education for additional costs incurred because of ISTEP+ testing interruptions.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said, “I have worked closely with CTB throughout the ISTEP+ testing process. The consequences of CTB’s server failures were real and significant for Indiana schools. As Superintendent, I will work to ensure that schools are made whole while continuing to negotiate with CTB in good faith.”

Ritz extended the spring 2013 ISTEP+ testing time period and completion deadlines by two weeks after testing problems interrupted students’ tests, preventing them from completing the tests during examination sessions online in April.

 

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