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Indiana General Assembly to review ISTEP debacle next week

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Review of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress moves to the Statehouse next week with the Indiana General Assembly’s Commission on Education scheduled to hear testimony about the ISTEP testing debacle that occurred in April.

Ellen Haley, the president of CTB/McGraw-Hill, the vendor of the online test, is scheduled to appear before the commission. Members of the commission are also inviting school superintendents, teachers, parents and other interested parties to attend and testify as well.

The Commission on Education will meet at 1 p.m. June 21 in the Senate chambers.

Last month when the legislative council approved the roster of 2013 interim study committees, it directed the Commission on Education to hold a hearing about the ISTEP malfunction in June.

The commission is co-chaired by Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, and Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn.

Problems with ISTEP erupted in April when system interruptions prevented students from taking the exam. The Indiana Department of Education was forced to suspend testing twice.

CTB/McGraw-Hill maintained it had tested its system prior to the start of ISTEP. However, the company stated its “simulations did not fully anticipate the patterns of live student testing….”     




 

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