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Computer glitch hits online ISTEP testing

INDIANAPOLIS – School districts across Indiana have been forced to suspend online ISTEP+ testing because of connectivity issues that kicked off students trying to take the test.

Testing was suspended Monday in districts including Indianapolis, Carmel, West Lafayette and Brownsburg. Schools in Fort Wayne, Shelby and Tippecanoe counties also reported problems.

Indianapolis Public Schools spokesman John Althardt told The Indianapolis Star that computer screens froze in some cases and students were kicked out of the system.

West Lafayette Schools Superintendent Rocky Killion told the Journal & Courier he suspended testing for fifth-graders after the glitch forced students to log back into their computers repeatedly.

Krista Stockman, spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Community Schools, said something similar happened a couple of years ago.

The district said testing for some students may be suspended and will need to be made up later.

Vendor CTB issued a statement saying it was working to resolve the problem.

Schools have until May 10 to complete their ISTEP testing.

The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.

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