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June 11, 2013

Education head hires company to examine ISTEP results; local problems prevalent



He said even if the state reviews the results of students who experienced issues, he thinks teachers and school districts won’t be happy if those results are admitted for accountability purposes.



But Spencer said with federal funding tied to those results, she’s not sure what the solution is to the problem of admitting those results.

“I know federal dollars depend on your accountability status, so I’m not really sure how that’s all going to play out,” Spencer said. “Their hands are kind of tied up there on what they have to do for their end, but I don’t know the solution. I think it’s going to be hard for everyone.”

In Clarksville Community Schools, a number of students experienced the same issues as others across the state, Superintendent Kim Knott said. She said even though the state’s working to investigate the results, she’s doesn’t see how accountability can justifiably fit in with this year’s results.

“I think we’re all just going to have to sit back and wait to see what the [Department of Education] does about this,” Knott said. “I know they sent out a press release about their plans, but we’re all going to have to see how it shakes down. I just can’t imagine that it won’t have an impact on test validity, especially as it relates to A-through-F scores.”

She said she wasn’t sure how many students were affected overall in her district, but she said her schools reported several more than IDOE did. 

In New Albany-Floyd County schools, 3,239 students were reported to IDOE as either being completely kicked off, encountering audio issues or other problems with logging on, Director of Assessment and Student Information Sally Jensen said. 

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