Wayne Township nixes online portion of ISTEP tests

Students taking the ISTEP test last spring.
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Fort Wayne Community Schools has dropped the online version of the ISTEP standardized test following issues with a practice run last week.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says Wayne Township schools in Indianapolis also are nixing computer testing for traditional paper tests.

Department of Education spokesman Daniel Altman says the first day of ISTEP standardized testing went smoothly Monday despite widespread issues last year. He says about 172,000 sessions were completed as anticipated on the first day.

A report found about 80,000 Indiana students in third through eighth grade were kicked off the online test last spring as CTB/McGraw-Hill's computer servers crashed.

"We had experienced issues during our practice testing of ISTEP last week that were similar to the problems we encountered (last) year. Both CTB-McGraw Hill and the Indiana Department of Education have been working with us to correct the issues, but those issues weren't resolved to the extent they needed to be in order for us to administer ISTEP online effectively," Wayne Township spokesperson Mary Lang said in a statement. "We're grateful for the efforts of CTB-McGraw Hill and the Indiana Department of Education as we have worked through this.   

Ritz says the department will continue to monitor this year's testing continuously every day.

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