By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Results of this year's ISTEP+ testing of Indiana students are being delayed once again.
In emails obtained by WIBC in Indianapolis, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said the "target date" to release the testing data is now September 9. Last month, she had anticipated a release by the end of August.
The ISTEP+ process has been plagued from the beginning when online testing glitches affected nearly 80,000 students statewide. Lawrenceburg Community Schools was among the most affected districts by those computer issues with 35 percent of test takers there experiencing problems when taking the online ISTEP+.
An Indiana Department of Education-ordered independent review of the testing problems – caused by server crashes at CTB McGraw-Hill – found that the testing interruptions had no impact on the statewide scores, but the impact on scores for individual schools and students was immeasurable.
Ritz’s email went on to say that the deadline for schools to submit their improvement plans to the IDOE is also being pushed back to November 1.
The IDOE is seeking at least $613,000 in preliminary damages from CTB McGraw-Hill for the testing difficulties.