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August 10, 2016
Indiana seeks $4 million from testing company blamed for ISTEP screw-ups
The state blames the California-based CTB company for the scoring problems and technical glitches that led to delays in releasing last year’s test results.
May 26, 2016
After TNReady failure, here’s what Tennessee officials want from their next test maker
The profile for Tennessee’s next standardized testing vendor is revealed at the kickoff meeting for Education Commissioner Candice McQueen’s second testing task force.
January 4, 2016
5 bold predictions for the new year for ISTEP, teachers, Pence, Ritz and IPS
Ferebee is in demand, Ritz and Pence have political challenges and ISTEP could die in 2016.
September 16, 2015
Rejecting Ritz's logic, state board promises A-to-F grades will be issued
Indiana schools will have A-to-F grades for 2014-15, although they probably won't be publicly released until 2016.
August 5, 2015
CTB: More ISTEP problems will delay results for months
Re-scoring of new computer questions could delay school letter grades until 2016.
March 12, 2015
State board members: How can Indiana cut costs for testing?
The state might have to live with a more expensive state test, at least for for 2016, unless the legislature quickly makes good on an idea it is considering to ditch ISTEP altogether and moves up the timeline to do it.
March 11, 2015
Indiana dumps CTB-McGraw Hill, picks Pearson to create future ISTEP
Indiana appears ready to ditch the company that creates ISTEP after years of testing problems, but the cost of delivering Indiana's state tests could go way up if it does
February 10, 2015
Glenda Ritz's team fires back at Pence, says no changes planned for ISTEP — yet
A spokesman for state Superintendent Glenda Ritz today rejected Gov. Mike Pence’s call to shorten the state ISTEP exam, calling his claims that…
January 15, 2015
Education Department: Indiana schools unprepared for online tests
About 77 percent of Indiana schools are technologically ill-equipped to to reliably administer state ISTEP tests online, and the Indiana Department of Education told state lawmakers it…
January 14, 2015
Required state reading test could move down to second grade
Hoosier children would begin taking standardized tests a year earlier — in second grade — under a bill the Senate Education Committee took up today.
October 3, 2014
Here’s what ‘technology-enhanced’ ISTEP questions will look like
Teachers, parents and students can now see what the biggest changes coming to Indiana’s ISTEP tests in English and math will look like. ISTEP, given…
July 28, 2014
The basics of testing in Indiana: Change on the horizon
In 2014, standardized testing became a central battleground as state policymakers instituted new standards for what students are expected to learn. By 2015, that will require major changes to ISTEP, Indiana’s state exam.
June 24, 2014
ISTEP could expand through 10th grade next year
Education policymakers, led by Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, convened to vote on a resolution that would provide guidance to the State Board of Education when it comes to designing and selecting its new state test vendor since the state's contract with current ISTEP administrator CTB/McGraw Hill expires this week.
April 9, 2014
Indiana students will take two state tests in 2014-15
Indiana students will take at least two online, state-run standardized tests in 2014-15, and some state board members raised concerns today about a proposal to add a third test.
June 20, 2013
City had concerns about McGraw-Hill, but lowball offer won out
There was apparently a better choice than CTB McGraw-Hill to oversee the new electronic grading system that this week faltered in spectacular fashion: Pearson. But Pearson's services could have cost the city nearly three times as much as McGraw-Hill's, a bargain that the Department of Education concluded was worth the risk, according to details about the contract submitted to the Panel for Educational Policy for approval last year. "The near-term advantages achieved from Pearson's proposal did not warrant its significantly higher cost," the contract document says. A litte more than a year after the city inked the contract — a three-year, $9.7 million deal — the ambitious scoring system developed by McGraw-Hill is under fire for a series of sweeping technical glitches that has left tens of thousands of students wondering how they did on their end-of-year state exams. Many of those students are seniors whose graduation is contingent on passing the exams even as ceremonies began this week. "I've been doing grading for 18 years and this is the absolute worst," said Dino Sferrazza, a social studies teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School.
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