Allen Co. school district encounters ISTEP glitches

A teacher's manual for the test sits on a computer table where students take the ISTEP test at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
A teacher's manual for the test sits on a computer table where students take the ISTEP test at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — After dealing with glitches during testing on Tuesday, Southwest Allen County Schools has decided to suspend ISTEP testing.

SACS Superintendent Dr. Steve Yager posted on the district’s website and told WISH-TV’s sister station WANE-TV that he and his staff decided to stop testing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

“Once again the ISTEP testing company (CTB McGraw Hill) has failed to successfully provide the infrastructure necessary to conduct the 2014 ISTEP exams,” Yager wrote.

Middle school students began testing before 8 a.m. Yager said students were able to complete the first test, but by the time they got to the second test, many were not able to finish. Yager also said none of the third through fifth graders were even able to take the test. It was an issue that effected around 3,000 students. Kids experienced issues such as getting kicked off, receiving a waiting screen, or not being able to log on to the computer at all.

Yager said the company admitted to not being able to handle the load of students logging on to the server at the same time. There will be no testing on Wednesday. The school was assessing the situation and deciding how to proceed. Yager said the options are to move to pencil and paper tests, continue testing on Thursday or postpone the test even longer.

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