INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state superintendent announced Friday she is
seeking at least $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for testing
troubles as the company's president apologized to state lawmakers.
CTB/McGraw-Hill President Ellen Haley called the disruptions for nearly
80,000 Indiana students last month "unacceptable" Friday and said the
company's online servers were "overwhelmed." A spokesman said Haley would
answer questions about the damages after she finishes testifying in front
of the joint House and Senate education committee.
Superintendent Glenda Ritz said she is seeking $400,000 for fines covered
in the company's $95 million contract with the state. The additional money
would pay for an independent review of the testing data, as well as better
Administration of the state's standardized test was thrown into chaos
after online tests began freezing for hours at a time. The results are
used to calculate teacher pay and school grades.