Grades three through eight are in the throes of ISTEP testing, which is being conducted wholly online for the second year.
At Zionsville Community Schools, Chief Technology Officer Patti Bostwick said: "We really haven't seen any issues during the operational test. Nothing out of the ordinary."
According to the Associated Press, a report found that during last spring's ISTEP testing about 80,000 Indiana students in grades three through eight had their exams interrupted when server glitches kicked them offline. It was the first year students took the tests online under the Indiana Department of Education's four-year, $95 million contract with CTB/McGraw Hill.
IDOE spokesman Daniel Altman told the AP that staffers checked on testing glitches in Oklahoma this year and worked with CTB/McGraw-Hill to ensure ISTEP exams could start as scheduled. He said the assessment team worked with local schools to ensure their networks were ready for testing, and CTB had engineers available for on-site support.
ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison said, as of Friday, May 2, the school corporation hadn't encountered any problems this year on the magnitude of last year's. Minor issues during practice tests were resolved before official testing began, he said.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.