“First of all, you’d not be utilizing the technology that kids are going to use,” Petraits said of returning to paper testing. “But the provider needs to get caught up and assure the kids will be successful in their testing. If you go to paper and pencil, you have more potential for cheating.”
Moore added, “The test needs to be usable at the time it needs to be usable.”
She said the communication between the ACSC and parents made the situation easier to work with, and that the focus was not letting an adult problem turn into a student problem.
“We posted that the test had been delayed on Facebook, and (parents) were happy we let them know, and we continue to encourage the children to do their best, and they’ve been receptive to that,” she said.
King lauded his staff and students for working through the chaotic ISTEP time.
“It’s just one of those things that happens, but I give credit to my teachers and principals for how they’ve handled this,” he said.
Petraits also said that the strength of the individuals within the BCSC has been vital in maintaining a unique situation.
“You do have to drop back and punt, so to speak,” she said of changing plans on the fly. “We notified our middle school teachers (Wednesday) night because they had been anticipating ISTEP testing Thursday and Friday. It’s not the type of information you want to get the night before, but our teachers and administrators have handled it beautifully.”