INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — School districts across Indiana suspended the first
day of ISTEP+ online testing Monday because of computer issues that
kicked many students off the exam.
Testing was halted in districts including Indianapolis, Carmel, West
Lafayette and Brownsburg. Schools in Shelby and Tippecanoe counties also
Indiana Department of Education officials said they weren't sure how
widespread the problem was. The testing contractor, CTB McGraw-Hill LLC
of Carol Stream, Ill., said it was working to resolve the problem.
School officials reported that computer screens froze for up to five
minutes at a time and that students were forced to log back into their
computers repeatedly. The Indianapolis Star reported that some students
were able to complete the test but that it took twice as long as
"In order for my students to do well, they need the opportunity to take
this 'high stakes test' without interruptions," West Lafayette Schools
Superintendent Rocky Killion told the Journal & Courier. "This morning
my students were already over an hour behind the testing schedule
because of having to shut off the computers, turn them back on and then
logging back in."
The glitch forced many districts to rearrange testing schedules, which
frustrated Tippecanoe School Corp. Superintendent Scott Hanback. He said
larger districts had spent a lot of time ensuring students could take
the test by the May 10 deadline on a limited number of computers.
"We've gone to a lot of work to make sure computer and bandwidth
capacity on our end were set up and ready to go," Hanback said. "It's no
The ISTEP+ exam is taken by students in third through eighth grades.
CTB McGraw-Hill has a four-year contract with the state worth $95
million to administer the test.