Indiana agrees $3M settlement in school test hitch

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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 01:15:16 EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state schools superintendent says she has reached a $3 million settlement with CTB/McGraw-Hill after disruptions to standardized tests last year

Superintendent Glenda Ritz surprised State Board of Education members on Wednesday with the announcement that her agency had reached the settlement with the testing company in October.

An overloading of CTB's testing servers caused thousands of students to be kicked off their online Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus tests in spring 2013.

An independent reviewer said the disruptions had little effect on overall performance.

Other states faced similar problems with CTB last year. Oklahoma fired the company last month following a second year of testing problems. Indiana extended CTB's contract for a year but will have an open bid for student testing beginning for the 2015-2016 school year.

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