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Wednesday, September 05, 2018 11:52 am

State to seek damages against delayed ISTEP+ results

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Department of Education officials plan to seek damages against testing vendor Pearson for scoring issues and a delay of ISTEP+ results. 

The contract allows for daily damages between $50,000 and $150,000 but Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said the full impact won't be known until results are finalized. 

"It's frustrating. Our team works really, really hard to get things right," she said. "We're at the mercy of the vendor getting it right." 

Pearson notified the department Friday that two scoring issues were found – one impacting just the Grade 10 test and one impacting all grades. 

Results were supposed to be released publicly today until the errors were found. McCormick said once the problems were identified Pearson has been responsive but the errors occurred late in the game. 

One question on the grade 10 test was scored inaccurately – impacting 22,000 students. The state has been told the second problem impacts a "small number" of students but Pearson has not given any more information. 

DOE Assessment Director Charity Flores said the rescored data should be posted for schools by Friday – which would start a 14-day appeal process. Results will be public sometime after that.

nkelly@jg.net