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A teacher's manual for the test sits on a computer table where students were to take the ISTEP test at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka.

FWCS demands 3rd party review of ISTEP+

Fort Wayne Community Schools will not accept the results of the most recent ISTEP+ test until they are validated by an independent third party.

The announcement Wednesday came weeks after an ISTEP+ testing period fraught with computer crashes and delays angered and frustrated FWCS administrators, teachers and students.

An independent third-party review was suggested by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz on May 3 after reports in Allen County and throughout the state surfaced about the testing difficulty.

This year was the first the Indiana Department of Education required that the majority of the tests be administered online. But the test's vendor CTB/McGraw Hill experienced problems with its server throughout the testing week beginning April 29.

"This test should never have been given without making certain the testing company could handle the volume of online testing statewide," wrote FWCS officials in an overview of the testing debacle. "No school district would be allowed to violate the state's testing procedures without serious ramifications. We expect no less when it is the state's $95 million testing company that is at fault."

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