INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education is seeking at least $613,000 in preliminary damages from testing company CTB McGraw-Hill related to ISTEP+ interruptions experienced by schools throughout the state this spring.
The amount is not final, and may grow – even into the millions – as results are reviewed by a third party and additional information is gained, a press release said.
The tally includes $400,000 in liquidated damages provided for in the contract between the Department of Education and CTB. It also includes $53,600 that the Department will spend to have a third party conduct an analysis of the scores of students that had their testing sessions interrupted and at least $160,00 for other related costs associated with enhanced reporting data
"I have worked closely with CTB throughout the ISTEP+ testing process," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. "The consequences of CTB's server failures were real and significant for Indiana schools. As superintendent, I will work to ensure that schools are made whole while continuing to negotiate with CTB in good faith."
The news came just hours before CTB McGraw-Hill executives are set to appear before a legislative summer study committee on the testing problems.