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Despite snags, ISTEP staying online

May 10, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Regardless of problems that caused students to be kicked offline and see frozen screens instead of their ISTEP tests, students shouldn’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 don’t understand and have more time to adjust their lessons.

Other tests students take that track which lessons they have and haven’t mastered also are online, showing that last week’s ISTEP disruptions weren’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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