Behning has previously said Ritz should have waited until the ISTEP analysis was completed. “Now it appears she mis-shot,” Behning said.
The ISTEP report was scheduled to be presented today to the legislative Education Commission. The analysis cost about $50,000 and will likely be covered by a financial penalty to be paid by the testing company, CTB McGraw-Hill.
Ritz said the state DOE is conducting “an ongoing negotiation regarding settlement with CTB McGraw-Hill.”
Individual ISTEP results have yet to distributed to students and schools. Ritz said the DOE is now processing ISTEP student results to be available online to parents and students.
About one-sixth of students taking the ISTEP test online were forced offline during the testing period in April and May because of inadequate computer memory. Most students were able resume taking the test within a few minutes.