|Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz|
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says she is planning to investigate whether the state's contract with the ISTEP+ testing company was violated this week.
The ISTEP+ testing for grades 3 through 8 was suspended at schools across Indiana Monday and Tuesday because of glitches with the servers at CTB McGraw Hill, the state vendor for the online test. The company is in the third year of a four-year, $95 million contract.
“Certainly we’re going to be looking at our contractual obligations and their contractual obligations regarding that. I haven’t really delved into that yet. My primary concern is that we get all the student assessments completed,” Ritz said.
Testing continued Wednesday without problems after schools were told by the Indiana Department of Education to only allow half of students to test at one time.
The interruption has thrown students and school administrators – including those at Rising Sun, South Dearborn, and Sunman Dearborn school corporations – for a loop. Months of preparation in the classroom and lesson plans for the next couple weeks could be diminished.
Schools originally had until May 10 to complete the ISTEP+ testing, but that deadline has been extended until May 15.
Ritz says ISTEP is important to teachers and administrators because they are evaluated and compensated partially based on the results.
“It is a very high-stakes test in Indiana and so we have to be very concerned about that and make sure we can ascertain the validity of the actual student assessments,” said Ritz.