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New ISTEP glitches raise concern

INDIANAPOLIS – A spokesman for the ISTEP exam contractor says the company is confident it has adequate system capacity despite worries among some Indiana school officials about a rerun of last year’s computer troubles.

CTB/McGraw Hill spokesman Brian Belardi attributes the slowdowns this week on practice tests to increased security measures.

Zionsville schools technology officer Patti Bostwick told The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1jTI7Lo) that students experienced computers freezing up Monday and Tuesday on the practice tests, but no problems were reported Wednesday.

A report found about 80,000 Indiana students had ISTEP exams interrupted last spring when CTB/McGraw Hill server glitches kicked them offline.

The Indiana Department of Education said it is working to ensure the ISTEP exams can start next week as scheduled.

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