ISTEP glitches: Completion of top priority for education department

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Two weeks from now Indiana students will have — with hope — completed the online ISTEP+ exam.

Then the Indiana Department of Education will start deciding whether students’ scores will count for anything, Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said during a news conference Wednesday.

Indiana uses ISTEP+ to measure how well students understand what they’ve been taught in courses such as math, language arts and science. Their scores also are used to grade schools and evaluate teachers, in part determining their pay.

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