WARSAW-- A panel of lawmakers held a hearing Friday in Indianapolis to learn more about what went wrong with this year's ISTEP test.
The company that administers the test says its server crashed impacting close to 80,000 students around the state.
The president of CTB/McGraw-Hill was one of the many people who spoke at Friday's hearing.
A few administrators at one local school district got to see the hearing, but they didn't have to drive down to Indy to watch it.
Around 3,500 students at Warsaw Community Schools were affected by the ISTEP problems in one way or another.
That's just about half of the district, so when administrators heard about the hearing, they decided to get together and watch it live on the internet.
The chief academic officer for the district David Hoffert says, "We invested so much in this and we wanted to make sure that we had the best information for our parents and for our stakeholders inside of our community and for our teachers."
The chief accountability officer for the Warsaw schools says the problems created a lot of stress for the students because they understand the importance of the exam.
Amy Sivley says, "Our schoolwide grade, our teacher evaluation system and for this to happen and these scores to count, man, we really need to look at them and determine was this reliable and was it valid."
In early June, the superintendent sent a letter to the Indiana Department of Education on behalf of the Warsaw schools outlining the district's issues with ISTEP.
Hoffert says, "We were ready to go on our end, and when something like this happens that's out of our control, we will do the best that we possibly can, but that we are very disappointed and we believe that our student's scores could dramatically be affected."
Those who watched the hearing online weren't sure exactly what to expect, but some expected to hear CTB/McGraw-Hill take accountability for the ISTEP issues.
Sivley says, "My hope is that this never happens again and that that's something in future years they're going to assure us that they're ready for testing just like we were ready for testing."
The state has a 4-year, $95 million contract with CTB.
During the hearing, they said this was the third year of that contract.
The state Department of Education is having a third party go over results to make sure they are valid.
CTB will likely pay for the issues.
In a statement, the D.O.E. said the preliminary damages sought will not be less than $613,600 and could reasonably go into the millions.