The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Education

September 9, 2013

Schools and families receive individual student ISTEP scores

Results by school corporation still on hold

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That includes the school improvement plans for P.L. 221 districts have to submit to the state — now delayed until November.

“It (the late release of scores) just delays everything,” Garrison said.

“It’s been difficult,” Madison-Grant United School Corp. Superintendent John Trout added. “We’ve really leaned on other data we collected from students to help out.”

But, despite the disruptions the glitches caused in April, Garrison said administrators “got an idea” of how the district did in the available data and are “very pleased” with the improvement they’ve been seeing.

In South Madison, three students had their scores thrown out because of the glitches. Those results were marked as “undertermined,” not failing, and will not hurt students or “be used against schools for accountability,” IDOE Press Secretary Daniel Altman said.

An independent testing expert hired by the state determined that the interruptions had little effect on the scores, but still recommended nearly 1,400 results be thrown out to avoid tainting other scores.

Anderson Community Schools was one of the few districts in Madison County to report no problems in accessing scores.

Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark said officials were able to access them in the morning and were still working on “piecing together all that data.”

Still, the delay in results and new outreach from the IDOE has placed ACS “on hold for just a little bit.” Clark said each congressional district now has a representative from the department assisting with those school improvement plans.

While schools wait for result summaries, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is seeking $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill under provisions included in the state’s $95 million contract with the company.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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