State Officials Investigating ISTEP Calculator Mix-Up

By Andrew Pillow

Several hundred students may have inadvertently broke the testing rules during the latest round of ISTEP testing.

According to WFYI students at 20 Indiana schools may have mistakenly been given permission to use calculators on the ISTEP in sections that don’t permit calculator use. Certain sections of the ISTEP do allow usage of calculators, and certain sections don’t.

Because of the mix-up around 700 students from the Rochester School Corp have had their test scores thrown out. Pearson, the state’s testing company, mistakenly told the schools that they were allowed to use a calculator on the wrong sections.

Pearson says it regrets the mix-up.

Most students will not have to retake the test but the throwing out of large numbers of scores could lower a school’s performance on the state A-F system.

ISTEP will officially be replaced by the ILEARN in 2019.


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.