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Indiana seeks $614K from McGraw-Hill for ISTEP

State School Superintendent Glenda Ritz is seeking $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for testing troubles that disrupted the exams for nearly 80,000 students last month.

Ritz said Friday she is seeking $400,000 for fines covered in the company's $95 million contract with the state. The additional money would pay for an independent review of the testing data underway and better reporting data.

A McGraw-Hill spokesman said company President Ellen Haley would answer questions later Friday, after she testifies before a joint House and Senate education committee investigating the testing problems.

Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer of CTB/McGraw-Hill said, "We want on that testing day to know every machine, every school network,and every testing center is ready to go. We have CTB people out in the schools helping to make sure that happens."

Administration of the state's standardized test was thrown into chaos after online tests began freezing for hours at a time. The results are used to calculate teacher pay and school grades.

McGraw-Hill President Ellen Haley said the company is working with the department of education to figure out what caused the interruptions.

In the meantime, some lawmakers took the opportunity to air their displeasure with the testing process as a whole, saying the test results are weighed too heavily when it comes to evaluating teachers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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