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State To Throw OUt 1,400 ISTEP Test Scores

Last updated on Thursday, September 5, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana State Board of Education was expected to announce Wednesday that nearly 1,400 ISTEP test scores from the 2012-2013 school year will be thrown out.

The scores - 1,101 math and 287 English results - will be invalidated due to errors in the online testing system which caused students to be kicked off mid-test in April.

Officials estimate 95 percent of Indiana students took the CTB/McGraw-Hill administered ISTEP test online this year. McGraw-Hill company President Ellen Haley said inadequate virtual memory due to the increased user load caused students to be kicked off the system.

In an analysis of the issue presented Wednesday, officials said they determined that overall the impact of the interruptions "was negligible on test scores for the vast majority of students, and had no discernible effect on aggregated data."

However, they are throwing out scores for students who took less than 20 minutes to complete the math or English/language arts test, or more than 70 minutes for math, and more than 90 minutes for ELA.

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz is seeking $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill over the testing interruption.

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