Independent investigation into ISTEP debacle expected to take several weeks

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The Indiana Department of Education has announced an independent investigation into this spring’s ISTEP testing debacle which affected thousands of students across the state.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz made the announcement at the Indiana Statehouse Monday.

Ritz said The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment will determine whether testing interruptions experienced by students invalidated ISTEP+ test scores.

The results of test scores have a large effect on schools and communities.

School accountability along with teacher compensation and evaluation are based in part on the testing data.

“Like all Hoosier parents, students and educators, I was extremely frustrated with the alarmingly high volume of test interruptions during Indiana’s high stakes test. These interruptions were simply unacceptable and they call into question the validity of the test scores,” said Ritz.

The independent investigation will also look into findings by CTB McGraw-Hill, the company that administered the online test.

CTB McGraw-Hill claims more than 78,000 students across the state were affected by glitches in the online test.

The investigation could be concluded in four to five weeks.

The Indiana State Teachers Association announced that it supports this independent investigation.

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