Indiana Department of Education suspends ISTEP testing

CTB acknowledges problems with testing

INDIANAPOLIS - ISTEP testing is expected to resume Wednesday after two days of issues accessing the online testing system.

The Indiana Department of Education said in a statement Tuesday night that, based on assurances by CTB McGraw Hill, the company that administers the test, testing will open Wednesday morning.

Schools are asked to decrease their daily test load by 50 percent until further notice to prevent further issues.

The IDOE said it would work with schools to ensure they have the time they need to fairly administer the test.

The department suspended testing statewide Tuesday  amid a second day of technical issues.

"I am greatly disappointed to learn that Indiana schools had their ISTEP+ testing interrupted for a second-consecutive day. Like all Hoosier parents, students and teachers, I find these interruptions frustrating and unacceptable," Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said in a statement. "The Indiana Department of Education is working with the company that administers the test to ensure that the rest of the test is administered smoothly and efficiently."

CTB posted a statement on its website shortly after learning of the testing problems.

"Our staff is working to make further adjustments to make the system available as soon as possible," the statement read.

There were also issues in 2011 involving ISTEP testing and the online system. There were several days in which students taking the test were knocked offline. At the time, an IDOE spokesperson called the problem unacceptable.

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