State Negotiates With CTB McGraw-Hill Over ISTEP Interruptions

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By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

State Negotiates With CTB McGraw-Hill Over ISTEP Interruptions

May 11, 2014 Updated May 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM EDT

INDIANA (21Alive) – Indiana education officials are negotiating with CTB McGraw-Hill over widespread disruptions that knocked thousands of students off last year's online ISTEP+ tests.

The State has said it wants more than $600,000 for the problems, but it's unlikely to see a cash payout.

A McGraw-Hill education spokesman told the Indianapolis Star that the damages will be covered by credits for ongoing, past and future services.

CTB McGraw-Hill is in the final year of a four-year, $95 million contract to administer the test.

A report released last July found about 80,000 students in 3rd – 8th grade had at least one part of the statewide standardized test interrupted when server glitches kicked them offline. That’s about 16 percent of all students who took the test.

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