After long delay, ISTEP scores released Monday

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After a long series of delays, Hoosier families will get their first look at the most recent ISTEP scores Monday.

Parents will receive a special code that they can use to go online and see their child’s ISTEP results, including the scores that have been ruled invalid.

Computer problems plagued the testing this past spring, which led to last week’s announcement by State Superintendent Glenda Ritz that nearly 1,4000 ISTEP scores would be invalidated.

With hundreds of thousands of students affected by the testing glitches and delays, education officials said several hundred of them completed the English or math sections either too quickly or too slowly to be counted.

Indianapolis Public Schools spokesman John Althardt told Fox 59 News that teachers normally use the ISTEP results to gauge student progress, as well as to find out how each individual learns.

“Certainly this is a different kind of year, but our teachers are used to changes,” Althardt said. “We knew this was going to be the case from last spring [when the testing delays occurred.]”

While some teachers have expressed frustration at not having the ISTEP scores available to help guide their lesson plans early in the year, Althardt said IPS has been able to get through it.

“We do assessments all of the time, so it’s just one tool that we use, so it’s not like we didn’t have other means of assessing our students,” he said.  “It didn’t really have a huge impact on what we were able to do at the beginning of this year.”

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