Ind. Schools super in Elkhart to talk ISTEP+ testing and grant award

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Schools throughout Indiana will be allowed to resume administering required standardized tests at regular levels on Monday after a week that saw two days of computer problems and three days of limited testing.

The Department of Education announced Friday it has been assured by the contractor, CTB/McGraw-Hill, that fixes to its servers will allow schools to test at normal levels next week.
Education officials asked schools on Friday to continue to cut the number of students taking tests in half to avoid computer problems, just as they had done the previous two days. Schools have reported minimal interruptions through midday Friday, when more than 175,000 testing sessions were completed.

In total, more than 1.2 million testing sessions have been completed this week, about 48 percent of the total expected.

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz addressed the issue at Beardsley Elementary School on Friday, May 3, and assured educators that students will be able to complete the test in a fair manner.

Ritz was in town to celebrate a four-year grant being awarded to Elkhart schools, the money from which will allow the schools to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart Co. to extend the learning day.

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