Review Finds No Negative Impact On ISTEP+ Scores (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM EDT

INDIANA (www.incnow.tv) - A third party review found no measurable negative impact on ISTEP+ scores despite the interruptions from computer problems. The review, released Monday, also shows students scored higher than in the previous year in most areas.

Last school year's tests raised concern after computer problems stalled testing. Students were forced to stop several times because the servers crashed. It turned out the McGraw-Hill servers couldn't handle the amount of students using their system at one time.

Monday Fort Wayne Community Schools released a statement in response to the report. The district is continuing to ask the state to pause all sanctions while there is more conversation about the impact on students.

Last week the FWCS superintendent sent a letter to state lawmakers expressing concern the same problems could happen again in future years.

State Senator David Long agrees the system crashing is a problem that must be addressed, but is also happy to see students still preformed well.

"It appears to give us some relief that the outcomes were actually improved throughout the state from last year. So it would appear, at first blush, that the problems with the test did not negatively impact the outcomes for the students testing. That being said, the fact that the vendor had a complete meltdown of his computer system is totally unacceptable," said State Senator David Long, (R) President Pro Tem.

Senator Long says the Indiana Department of Education is already seeking monetary penalties from the company who caused the problems. But if they remain with McGraw-Hill, he hopes to have legal penalties in place to help prevent the company from letting this happen again.

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