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Local Education

June 11, 2013

Ritz's decision correct, local educators say

State Superintendent announces hiring of third party in ISTEP validation


Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Felix Chow said the kids have a lot of pressure on them to do well, and that “this fiasco” had a negative impact. To what extent, though, no one can be sure yet.

”A thing like this may seem minor to an adult,” he said, “but (an adult has) no idea the psychological impact on kids.”

Lord added that the glitches were frustrating for teachers who worked hard to motivate and prepare their kids. The problem has also delayed the time frame in which schools receive scores from mid- to late May to mid- to late July —feedback schools like Maple Ridge use to develop school improvement plans.

To determine the validity of the tests taken by students who experienced computer problems, NCIEA will compare student test answers pre- and post-interruption, and review prior-year test scores to statistically determine the validity of this year’s results.

Both Chow and neighboring Daleville Community Schools Superintendent Paul Garrison agreed that Ritz’s decision to bring in a third party was the right one.

”I believe there was enough interruptions into the process that it does raise a legitimate question whether the validity of the test has been compromised through the technology failures that occurred,” Garrison said. “So I think looking at that question is a good thing.”

Indiana was one of at least three states that had major problems with test administrator CTB-McGraw Hill this spring.

This year was the first that the online multiple choice portion of the ISTEP was mandatory for all public schools and private schools on vouchers, and Lord said he hopes CTB-McGraw Hill has fixed all the kinks by next spring.

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