Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

State, Vendor Mull ISTEP Errors ; Negotiations May Not Bring Refund to State

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

State, Vendor Mull ISTEP Errors ; Negotiations May Not Bring Refund to State

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INDIANAPOLIS - Negotiations between the state and CTB/McGraw- Hill over widespread disruptions in last year's online ISTEP tests are continuing, but it's unlikely that the state will recoup cash despite its initial assertions it wanted more than $600,000 for the problems. Instead, McGraw-Hill Education spokesman Brian Belardi told The Indianapolis Star the damages will be covered by credits for ongoing, past and future services.

CTB/McGraw-Hill is in the final year of a four-year, $95 million contract with the state to administer the high-stakes test.

Under the contract, CTB/McGraw-Hill is required to provide uninterrupted computer availability every school day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the two weeks before each testing window, as well as for the entire testing window.

If the company fails to perform, DOE is entitled to collect $50,000 per day for each of the first five days, $150,000 for each of the next five days and $250,000 a day thereafter until the situation is resolved, according to the contract. …

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