TESTING TESTS: WCCS assesses ISTEP+ concerns

COLUMBIA CITY — Elementary students all around Indiana recently had to deal with problems related to the ISTEP+ testing.It was no different for students at Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS). WCCS Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor updated the Board of School Trustees of the difficulties local students faced during the examinations.Among the hurdles students had to overcome were slow web connections, as well as the network kicking children out of the test at random intervals.Every time there was an interruption or distraction, it had to be documented.“Teachers could not document everything,” O’Connor said.The superintendent also informed the board that Fort Wayne Community Schools made a formal rejection of the testing, which is used to grade schools and evaluate teachers.While the WCCS board did not go that far, there were concerns expressed.“How can we have verification that the results are even correct?” Board Member Brooks Langeloh asked.With such connection problems, others wondered if it could be verified that the right answers were submitted.To read the rest of this story, see the June 5 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.