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July 30, 2013

Assessing ISTEP+ glitch and test scores

Computer problems that plagued the ISTEP+ assessment test this past spring showed “no negative impact on student scores” for the vast majority of Indiana schoolchildren who took the test, according to a third-party consultant hired by the Indiana Department of Education.

The analysis of test results by Richard Hill, director of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, show ISTEP scores went up overall, despite computer interruptions that affected about 80,000 students. And Hill also found this unexpected result: The students who were interrupted in their online test-taking had somewhat larger gains over past years than those who were not interrupted.

Hill’s conclusions, released today, run counter to what Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz had anticipated, when she ordered the ISTEP analysis in May, fearing student test scores would be negatively impacted by computer problems originating with the testing company, CTB McGraw Hill.

In a statement accompanying the report, Ritz insisted that Hill’s findings don’t “mitigate the effect the interruptions had on students, parents and teachers throughout Indiana.”

Because of that, she said, she’s sticking by an earlier decision to let local school districts decide how much weight to give to the high-stakes test when determining teacher evaluations and compensation.

“I have spent the last several months talking with Hoosiers about the impact these interruptions had in the classroom,” Ritz said her statement. “Although Dr. Hill’s report found that the statewide average score was not affected by the interruptions, there is no doubt that thousands of Hoosier students were affected. As Dr. Hill stated in his report, ‘We cannot know definitively how students would have scored this spring if the interruptions had not happened.’”

That decision by Ritz, a Democrat who’s been critical of the use of ISTEP scores in teacher evaluations, didn’t sit well with Republican House Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning of Indianapolis.

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