ISTEP delay blessing in disguise

A state decision to delay the deadline for completing ISTEP+ testing because of errors earlier in the week may have been a blessing in disguise, one local educator said Friday.

“We’ve had to slow things down a little, and that’s taken away a little bit of the stress,” said Tom McCool, who is principal at Brownstown Elementary School.

McCool said the state’s initial two-week deadline made it harder to prepare a testing schedule for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders taking the test, which has sections on math, language, social studies and science.

Earlier this week, the company receiving $95 million during a four-year period to administer the online test struggled with server issues that knocked students off the system or simply locked them out. The contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill expires in 2014.


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