Glenda Ritz Speaks On ISTEP+ Testing Challenges (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive
By Jake Perrone - 21Alive

March 16, 2014 Updated Mar 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – ISTEP+ testing began this week for students all over the Hoosier state.

The tests, given to students in grades 3 through 8, were actually pushed back a week because of extreme weather causing so many school cancellations.

With snow days escalating into double digits, some worried students may not be completely ready for the tests.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz was in the Fort Wayne this week and assured people that their fears can be put to rest.

“…I gave the conditional waivers and that was a very important element in allowing schools to make up time in their existing calendar and adding time on to that so that they would feel that they are prepared for the assessments,” said Ritz.

Testing will continue toward the end of the year with online assessments.

Last year, testing was plagued by computer glitches that hampered students' abilities to take the exam, and also delayed the release of results needed to assess schools on their yearly performances.

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