FWCS: Breach In ISTEP+ Testing Protocol

By Maureen Mespell

FWCS: Breach In ISTEP+ Testing Protocol

April 28, 2011 Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 6:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Fort Wayne Community Schools say a breach in ISTEP+ testing protocol was discovered this week at Miami Middle School.

FWCS requires all principals and others responsible for overseeing the testing to attend a workshop prior to ISTEP+ testing to go over testing protocol, security and ethics.

On Wednesday, school staff discovered some irregularities regarding the ISTEP exam for 7th grade students. Upon investigation, it was determined that the teacher did not follow the prescribed protocol in preparing the students for the exam.

The teacher involved has been dealt with according to district procedures and FWCS says that a portion of the social studies test taken by some of the 7th grade classes is invalid.

"We take testing ethics seriously and do not condone violating the rules," Superintendent
Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "While the stakes for ISTEP exams are high, we expect teachers to
follow the proper protocols when administering the exams. We prepare students every day with high
quality instruction and know they will do their best when the exam is in front of them. Fort Wayne
Community Schools values student learning over the results of one test."

FWCS has notified the Indiana Department of Education of the breach in protocol and say they will continue to closely monitor the administration of the ISTEP+ exams.

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