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ISTEP Scores Accepted; Computer Glitch Did Not Have "Measurable Impact"

An ISTEP computer glitch affected thousands of students across the state -- nearly one-third of test-takers. But on Tuesday, officials announced that did not have a "measurable impact" on scores. The report says that the majority of students scored as well as they would have, if the interruptions had never happened. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she's instructed the company to improve its system so this doesn't happen again, and that she's given schools flexibility on teacher pay and evaluation to minimize any negative effects of the testing problems.
An ISTEP computer glitch affected thousands of students across the state -- nearly one-third of test-takers.

But on Tuesday, officials announced that did not have a "measurable impact" on scores.

The report says that the majority of students scored as well as they would have, if the interruptions had never happened.

Earlier this year, the technical problems caused delays in over 90 percent of schools statewide.

But according to these findings, scores actually improved from last year.

That was unexpected because of all the re-arrangements schools need to make to work around the interruptions.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she's instructed the company to improve its system so this doesn't happen again, and that she's given schools flexibility on teacher pay and evaluation to minimize any negative effects of the testing problems.

Here in the Valley, the South Vermillion Superintendent says he thought the ISTEP scores would be counted despite the testing problems, so it hasn't really changed prep work heading into a new school year.

And while the scores haven't been released yet, he's glad to hear that overall, they're on the rise.

"We've seen some success overall in our schools the last couple of years and we fully intend to see that success continue. We've taken a very proactive approach to getting our methods of instruction through to the students so that they are prepared for these tests, so they are prepared to move on to the next level and we're going to continue to do that," said Supt. Dave Chapman.
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