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Outside reviewer picked to study ISTEP troubles

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An independent review of Indiana's ISTEP test results is under way one month after computer troubles disrupted test-taking for thousands of students this spring.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said Monday she had hired the National Center for Improvement of Educational Assessment to assess the test results. The center is expected to take four to five weeks completing the review.

Ritz says she also has told schools they can reduce how much the tests factor into teacher assessments. She also said tainted test results will not be used to assess schools.

Problems with the online format affected roughly 70,000 tests, and some school administrators want the results ruled invalid. School officials reported that computer screens froze and many students were forced to log back in repeatedly while taking the test.

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