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Students making up missed ISTEP+ tests today
Updated on: 05.01.13

Students at Brown County Schools are getting back on track today after two days of online ISTEP+ testing delays.

The problem, with the provider of the test, CBT/McGraw-Hill, affected schools statewide and system users nationwide this week, causing slow and interrupted testing sessions.

The Brown County Junior High, Nashville Elementary and Van Buren Elementary were able to complete morning online testing Monday and Tuesday, with delays starting to crop up around 11 a.m., said Deborah Harman, Brown County Schools director of student learning.

Online ISTEP+ test sessions were completed successfully this morning at all three of those schools, reported Harman.

Helmsburg and Sprunica elementary schools already had planned to take the tests on paper, so their testing schedule was not altered.

Harman noted that the district had planned for make-up sessions for students who were absent. That time in the schedule is now being used for all test-takers who experienced delays.

This afternoon, elementary students have begun making up missed sessions, starting with fourth grade math.

The junior high will resume testing Thursday morning with the second session of the math test.

The shift to online standardized testing is part of a state mandate. Currently, four of Brown County’s six schools are equipped for online testing.

“We sincerely apologize to Indiana students, parents, teachers and (state) Superintendent (Glenda) Ritz for this unfortunate situation,” read a press release from CTB/McGraw-Hill.

The Indiana Department of Education has extended the ISTEP+ testing window to May 15 — just before high school students begin end of course assessments, which also are taken online.

-- Megan O'Bryan, Brown County Democrat

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William Emmett Fisher, 73, Elizabethtown
  Father of William “Mark” (Marissa) Fisher of Nashville

Margaret (Stanley) Whitaker, 80, Morgantown
  Wife of Rawlins Whitaker of Morgantown

Ival 'Max' Skinner, 85, White Springs, Florida,
  Brown County native

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