Ritz Extends ISTEP Testing Schedule

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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the state’s standardized testing for students is getting an extension this spring. Ritz said Wednesday the 2013 ISTEP testing schedule has been extended three days after two days of statewide technical malfunctions this week.
Neither the online test administrator CTB/McGraw Hill nor Superintendent Ritz reported new problems with online ISTEP exams when they resumed Wednesday after tens of thousands of students Monday and Tuesday couldn’t complete their tests. Ritz requested schools reduce their testing load to 50 percent, “We’re going to operate under the 50% load to be sure that we’re not going to (have) interruptions and get good information from the students on the assessments that they’re taking.”
Ritz says the state and the testing company are monitoring a “fluid situation.”
“They did several fixes last (Tuesday) night so we may at some point say, ‘Hey, we think that we can handle full load,’ and go back to that capacity.”
If schools continue at 50-percent capacity, the three days of extended testing won’t be enough, while the end of the school year and other year-end exams are approaching.


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