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Indiana ISTEP tests resume after 2 trying days

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is set to resume its ISTEP+ exams after two days of computer glitches.

The Indiana Department of Education issued a statement Tuesday evening saying it’s ready to resume the required standardized proficiency tests Wednesday after two days of computer glitches affecting the exams’ online portion.

However, the department is asking schools to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice.

The department said the resumption of testing is based on assurances it has received from test vendor CTB McGraw Hill.

The department said it will work with schools to ensure they have the time they need to fairly administer the standardized proficiency tests.

Verbatim

Statement as issued Wednesday morning by Glenda Ritz, state superintendent:

INDIANAPOLIS – Based upon assurances made by CTB McGraw-Hill, the Indiana Department of Education opened ISTEP+ testing for Hoosier schools this morning. In order to minimize interruptions to students, the Department has asked schools to reduce their daily testing load by approximately 50%.

Attached, please find the memo that the Department sent to schools throughout the state last night and a statement from CTB McGraw-Hill.

If needed, the Department will provide updates throughout the day.

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