Indiana schools delay testing, seek online waivers after glitches

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INDIANAPOLIS Several Indiana school districts are delaying ISTEP+ testing or seeking permission to administer the exam with pencil and paper amid continuing problems with an online server.

Districts in Franklin, Kokomo and Columbus have received waivers from a requirement that the test be given online. Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. have delayed testing after experiencing problems with connections and functions not working during online practice sessions.

The issues are fueling already heightened concerns over how students will perform on the high-stakes exam. Outrage over changes that more than doubled the exam's length forced Gov. Mike Pence and lawmakers to shorten the test earlier this year.

Department of Education spokesman Daniel Altman says the issues being reported are "the normal level of questions" that come up.