Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 21, 2013

Ind. seeks $614K for standardized testing problems

The Associated Press

Indianapolis —

Indiana's state superintendent is seeking $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for testing troubles that disrupted exams for nearly 80,000 students last month.

Superintendent Glenda Ritz said Friday she is seeking $400,000 for fines covered in the company's $95 million contract with the state. The additional money would pay for an independent review of the testing data that's already underway, as well as better reporting data.

A McGraw-Hill spokesman said company President Ellen Haley would answer questions later Friday after she testifies before a joint House and Senate education committee investigating the testing problems.

Administration of the state's standardized test was thrown into chaos after online tests began freezing for hours at a time. The results are used to calculate teacher pay and school grades.