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For second day, students unable to complete ISTEP


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Franklin Community School Corporation director of technology Matt Sprout writes on a white board as he fields calls from various schools as errors start to pour in eventually resulting in the suspension of ISTEP testing Tuesday. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Franklin Community School Corporation director of technology Matt Sprout writes on a white board as he fields calls from various schools as errors start to pour in eventually resulting in the suspension of ISTEP testing Tuesday. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Franklin Community School Corporation director of technology Matt Sprout talks to the Department of Education as errors start to pour in from schools eventually resulting in the suspension of ISTEP testing Tuesday. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Franklin Community School Corporation director of technology Matt Sprout talks to the Department of Education as errors start to pour in from schools eventually resulting in the suspension of ISTEP testing Tuesday. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


For the second day, students are having problems taking the online portion of the ISTEP exam, and the Indiana Department of Education has suspending testing until 12:30 p.m.

Students at Clark-Pleasant and Franklin schools have been kicked offline and had their screens freeze in the last hour — the same problems they had during the first day of testing Monday, technology directors Jim White and Matt Sprout said.

The problem is related to the company that is administering the test, McGraw Hill, not due to an Internet connectivity issue.

Franklin students at Needham and Webb elementary schools were scheduled to take the test today, and most of the students were tested this morning without any problems initially.

Franklin will try to resume testing this afternoon, but that depends on whether any more problems occur and whether they get any direction from the department of education, Sprout said.

“We’re going to wait and see what their recommended action is, and make our decision based on that,” Sprout said.

Students are also having similar problems at schools in Wayne Township in Marion County, Indiana Department of Education spokesman David Galvin said.

The department of education is trying to find the cause of today's problem, Galvin said.

On Monday 27,000 third through eighth graders around Indiana were kicked offline or had their screens freeze while taking ISTEP. The delays meant some students needed 90 minutes to take a section of the test that should have finished in 30 minutes, while other students couldn't complete a  section of the exam.

Students who couldn't complete sections of the exam will finish the test sometime within the next two weeks.

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