IPS resumes ISTEP+ testing after earlier disruption

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(UPDATE) – IPS says ISTEP+ testing has now resumed.

In a brief status update posted Monday, contractor CTB/McGraw-Hill said it “experienced a network issue at its primary data center this morning. This issue has been resolved and users may now resume testing.”

(Earlier) A disruption in the ISTEP+ system has forced Indianapolis Public Schools to suspend testing.

According to the district, students again experienced problems with the online portion of the test, making it unavailable. IPS doesn’t know when students will be able to resume the test. The district is standing by for word from the Indiana Department of Education and CTB/McGraw-Hill–the contractor that administers the test.

Students are continuing a regular school day.

Almost 14,000 students in more than 50 buildings have been taking ISTEP+ over the last two weeks. The district also experienced problems during the first week of testing, as did other school systems around the state.

Testing resumed at normal levels last week with few problems, the district said. IPS faces a May 17 deadline to finish.