Computer woes halt ISTEP

GREENFIELD — County schools Monday had to suspend ISTEP testing after the state’s computer system experienced technical difficulties and crashed during the first day of the high-stakes tests.

“This was a statewide problem and not just a Greenfield-Central issue,” G-C Assistant Super-intendent Ann Vail said. “The testing company kind of had to put up a red flag and say the system was really not functioning.” Southern Hancock and Mt. Vernon students also were affected.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Education said the technical issue occurred through its vendor CTB McGraw-Hill, which specializes in the online statewide test.

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