Massive interruptions during the online portion of the ISTEP exam last spring had no noticeable effect on statewide scores, though it’s impossible to know what impact the interruptions had on individual students.
Those are the findings of a company that spent the past month conducting an independent review of this year’s ISTEP results.
More than 495,000 Indiana students, including about 12,000 students in Johnson County, took the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus exam this year. This year, for the first time, about 95 percent of those students took the multiple-choice portion of the test online. And more than 142,000 students statewide and more than 1,700 students locally experienced delays or interruptions, including frozen computer screens and being knocked offline.