INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Some school corporations in Indiana are opting to use pencils and paper for
the state's standardized tests instead of risking another round of
technology problems like those that dogged last year's tests.
of Education spokesman Daniel Altman said Monday that the first day of
Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) tests went
smoothly, with about 172,000 sessions were completed as anticipated.
But Fort Wayne
Community Schools announced it has dropped the online version of the
standardized test following issues with a practice run last week, and
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said Wayne Township schools
in Indianapolis is also trading computer testing for traditional paper
"After several days
of computer network issues related to CTB/McGraw Hill's servers, we lost
confidence that testing could take place without the extensive interruptions
students experienced last year," Fort Wayne Superintendent Wendy Robinson
said in a news release. "We refuse to subject students and staff to the
probability of the same thing happening this year. Our students deserve the
opportunity to be tested in an environment that is conducive to their
Indiana students in third through eighth grade were kicked off the online
test last spring when CTB/McGraw-Hill's computer servers crashed, a report
And last week, CTB/McGraw-Hill
blamed a hardware failure at a data center for the glitch that stalled
Oklahoma school's standardized testing. Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet
Barresi has recommended her state not renew its contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill
A spokesman for the
company declined comment Monday evening.
"The Department of
Education is in continuous communication with CTB, and we were even before
we heard about the Oklahoma issue," Ritz said Monday. "We will continue to
monitor every single day."
In Fort Wayne last
week, connectivity issues caused problems that were not flaws on the part of
the school, spokeswoman Krista Stockman said. She said schools have expanded
bandwidth to five times the speed from last year in part to help prepare for
this year's ISTEP tests.