ISTEP+ testing to return to normal levels Monday

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INDIANAPOLIS –The Indiana Department of Education says ISTEP+ testing can return to normal levels on Monday.

According to the agency, CTB McGraw-Hill is confident that its servers have been fixed and that full testing should be possible on Monday, May 6.

During testing Friday, schools reported minimal interruptions. As of about 11:30 a.m., students had completed 175,000 testing sessions. In all, more than 1.2 million testing sessions were completed–about 48 percent of the total number expected for the week.

The Department of Education had advised schools to test at half capacity earlier this week after districts across the state ran into problems with the computer-based system. The problems forced some schools to suspend testing entirely.

Superintendent Glenda Ritz spoke with superintendents throughout the state about the challenges from ISTEP+ this week. The department said Ritz is working to make sure all students get a fair shot at the test.