Computerized ISTEP has successful start

No issues were reported by Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. on Monday as the second phase of ISTEP testing got underway.

The second session of ISTEP covers the same areas as the first testing period in March for grades 3 to 8 and grade 10, but is being done on computers, said Missy Zimmerman, BCSC testing coordinator.

No technological glitches were reported at Columbus East High School and Schmitt Elementary School, the two schools that saw students undergo testing, she said.

“Everything so far has gone really well,” Zimmerman said.

ISTEP testing will be done at other schools within the district throughout the week, Zimmerman said.

Computer disruptions affected nearly 80,000 Indiana students in 2013 who were trying to complete the mandatory assessment tests under testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill.

Last year, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. students appealed and was granted permission to complete the second round of the 2016 ISTEP+ exam using paper and pencil, despite a statewide mandate that required all schools to use an online format. During earlier practice tests that year, BCSC had a 15 percent error rate for the online test.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com