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ISTA backs investigation of ISTEP+ scores


Statement from Indiana State Teachers Association

Today, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that Dr. Richard Hill of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment has been hired to determine the impact of interruptions experienced by students taking the ISTEP+ test this spring.

"ISTA supports Superintendent Ritz's recommendations," said ISTA Pres. Nate Schnellenberger following the new conference. "Ritz understands that a thorough search needs to be conducted of the test results. Teachers from across the state say that their students experienced computer interruptions that lasted from a few seconds to much longer periods of time and those issues will have an impact on results."

More than 78,000 students who took the test, conducted by CTB/McGraw-Hill, experienced interruptions with the CTB servers. "I think Superintendent Ritz wants to analyze the independent results before declaring too much judgment," said Schnellenberger. "She does acknowledge that the results have a far-ranging impact not just for students but for teachers, schools and administrators." Teacher compensation and evaluations are based on ISTEP+ results. "It's extremely important in the areas of evaluation and compensation for teachers," said Schnellenberger.

"Because the stakes of this test are so high, the results must be beyond reproach," Ritz said.

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