05/03/13 Based upon assurances made by CTB McGraw-Hill, the Indiana Department of Education will continue ISTEP+ testing for Hoosier schools on Friday, May 3. In order to minimize interruptions to students, the Department has again asked schools to reduce their daily testing load by approximately 50%. The Department has also extended the testing window by two days to May 17, 2013.
Schools reported minimal interruptions throughout the day on Thursday and as of 4:00 PM reported over 345,000 testing sessions were completed statewide. In total, over one million testing sessions have been completed this week, roughly 41% of the total expected sessions for the ISTEP+.
Thursday, Superintendent Ritz continued to maintain constant contact with schools throughout the state as they navigate through this difficult situation. She remains committed to working with schools, students and parents to ensure that they have the time they need to guarantee all Hoosier students have the opportunity to take a fair test.