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SACS suspends online ISTEP+ testing

Southwest Allen County Schools is the latest local school district to halt ISTEP+ testing after technical issues disrupted student tests Tuesday.

SACS officials notified parents, teachers and students the district would halt testing Tuesday and would postpone Wednesday’s until the issues could be resolved.

“One hundred percent of our elementary kids in grades 3 to 5 who were taking the ISTEP+ exam had negative experiences,” SACS superintendent Steve Yager said Tuesday morning. “All of our middle schools had concerns.”

Officials at CTB/McGraw Hill told Yager they had “too much traffic right now” and he should “do the best you can.”

“We find that excuse to be unacceptable and we continue to have a lack of confidence in CTB/McGraw-Hill and their ability to conduct this exam,” Yager said.

  • For more on the FWCS decision, click here.
  • For more on the SACS decision, see Wednesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

jcrothers@jg.net

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