Disparate Ind. pols agree ISTEP answers needed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Statehouse leaders want some answers about why the provider of the state's high-stakes ISTEP+ exam ran into trouble administering the online portion of the test.

A legislative panel studying why 78,000 students were frozen out of the test will meet Friday to hear from CTB/McGraw-Hill President Ellen Haley. Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz also plans an outside review to determine the validity of the test results. That could be completed within a month.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says lawmakers want to know how the test glitch affected students and what went wrong.

McGraw-Hill has a four-year, $95 million contract to provide the test. Sen. Dennis Kruse says the company should pay the cost of the Department of Education study and reimburse the state for some of the failures.

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