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South Madison County - Statewide ISTEP results from the 2012-13 school year have been released by the Indiana Department of Education, and local educators say it appears glitches that interrupted spring testing didn’t greatly affect state or local test scores.

The rollout of the scores, typically released near the start of summer each year, was delayed following widespread troubles this past spring with the online test built for the state by CTB/McGraw-Hill.

A report released in July found about 80,000 students in third through eighth grade had at least one part of the statewide standardized test interrupted when computer server glitches from a state contractor kicked students offline. That’s about 16 percent of all students who took the test. And yet, overall scores appear to have increased.

The data show statewide scores increased, with 80 percent of students passing the English/Language Arts portion of the test and 83 percent passing math. This compares with 79 percent for English/Language Arts and 81 percent for math in 2012.


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