Wayne Township, other districts go paper-and-pencil after ISTEP issues

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (April 28, 2014)– After problems with practice ISTEP testing last week, more than one Indiana district has decided to go back to the traditional paper-and-pencil test.

Wayne Township Schools made the move Monday, after leaders said they were not confident testing would work properly.

“Both CTB-McGraw Hill and the Indiana Department of Education have been working with us to correct the issues, but those issues weren’t resolved to the extent they needed to be in order for us to administer ISTEP online effectively,” district spokesperson Mary Lang said.

Fort Wayne Community Schools also moved to cancel online testing for all of its students, citing last year’s major computer glitches that halted testing in many districts.

We refuse to subject students and staff to the probability of the same thing happening this year. Our students deserve the opportunity to be tested in an environment that is conducive to their success,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said.

Fox 59 first told you last week that the Superintendents in at least 20 of central Indiana’s largest districts were extremely worried the test would not work again this year.

In Zionsville, students taking practice ISTEP tests experienced the same “spinning globe” issues last week. That, coupled with issues with Oklahoma’s testing on the same CTB McGraw-Hill system, caused districts to re-evaluate their action plans.

Other districts, including Indianapolis Public Schools, said they had not experienced any issues with the test as it began Monday.