ISTEP update: Schools wonder how exam results will count


Special assignment teacher Erin Peck and Franklin College senior student teacher Gunner Erwin take students on a walk around the school during a break from ISTEP testing Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Northwood Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

3rd grade students enter a computer lab as Northwood Elementary school restarts Istep testing after a week of problems Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Franklin, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

School officials want to know what happened every time a student was kicked off ISTEP last week.

Teachers, principals and the Indiana Department of Education are doing a click-by-click review of the tests of thousands of students who were kicked offline during the online portion of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus exam. They want to know which students were kicked off, for how long, what happened when they logged back on and how long those students needed to complete the exam. They will compare students’ scores in the interrupted sections of the test with sections they’d already taken and to their scores in years past, school officials said.

That will determine just how much students’ scores could have been affected when they were kicked offline or when their screens froze, not allowing them to finish.

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