INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana parents could finally learn how their children
did on the state's annual ISTEP+ exam after an outside review of testing
glitches wraps up later this month.
Department of Education spokesman David Galvin told the Evansville Courier
& Press for a story published Tuesday that the review ordered by state
schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz is expected to be finished by the end
of the month. The Department of Education will then finalize and mail
ISTEP+ scores to school districts.
Districts typically receive results in May and mail them to parents about
a week later, but computer glitches that knocked students offline
repeatedly during testing delayed that process.
Susan McDowell Riley, an Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. deputy
superintendent, said she typically uses automated phone calls during the
summer to update parents about ISTEP scores. But she hasn't had any
information to offer this year while the $53,000 review is being conducted
by Richard Hill, co-founder of the National Center for the Improvement of
"This is a really, really unusual year, and so I've not been able to do
any of that," Riley said.
The disruptions in online testing administered by CTB/McGraw-Hill in May
affected nearly 80,000 students. Hill's review will determine whether
those students' scores, which are used to determine teacher pay and school
rankings as well assess student performance, are valid.
Ritz is seeking $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill, which has a
four-year, $95 million contract with the state.