Ritz may call for third-party review of ISTEP+ scores
Posted: 05/03/2013 at 4:50 pm
By: Associated Press
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A sign on the door indicates ISTEP testing is going on in a classroom at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka, Ind. Wednesday May 1, 2013. Issues with the computer based testing program have caused some problems with the ISTEP test. The Indiana Department of Education said in a statement that administration of the ISTEP+ exams' online portion resumed Wednesday morning, but that schools are being asked to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
The Indianapolis Star reports Ritz told administrators and teachers during a teleconference Friday, May 3, that the state is going to be wrestling with the validity of the scores because of concerns from the public and others. Thatís because testing on Monday and Tuesday was halted because of computer problems and the number of students taking the tests were cut in half the next three days to try to avoid further troubles.
She also said she doesnít like high-stakes testing where one test is involved in evaluating schools and is a factor in evaluating teachers.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com