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INDIANAPOLIS â€” Regardless of problems that caused students to be kicked offline and see frozen screens instead of their ISTEP tests, students shouldnâ€™t expect to go back to No. 2 pencils and bubble sheets when taking standardized tests.
Online testing lets schools get results back weeks faster than with paper-and-pencil exams. That means teachers are able to see earlier what lessons students do and donâ€™t understand and have more time to adjust their lessons.
Other tests students take that track which lessons they have and havenâ€™t mastered also are online, showing that last weekâ€™s ISTEP disruptions werenâ€™t a problem with online testing but with CTB/McGraw-Hill, the company that created and gives ISTEP, school officials said.
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