Individual ISTEP results have yet to be distributed to students and schools. Ritz said the DOE is now processing ISTEP student results, to be available online to parents and students by late August. In the meantime, the DOE is in negotiations with the testing company, CTB McGraw Hill, to cover the cost of Hill’s analysis and to pay additional penalties for allegedly violating its contract with the state.
In his analysis, Hill credited students for recovering quickly from whatever stress the interruptions from the computer problems may have caused. He repeated that sentiment after Monday’s meeting, saying the ISTEP test may cause more stress for adults than students.
“There are high stakes for the adults,” Hill said. “But the kids don’t have same level of stakes and so don’t perceive it that same way. So when there is a glitch in the system, the adults tend to react more strongly to it than the kids do.”
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.