Technology Glitch Disrupts Testing For Thousands Of Students

Monday, April 21st 2014, 7:46 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

It's happened again. Technical problems plague state testing. State Superintendent Janet Barresi said she was forced to stop testing Monday morning and suspend it for the rest of the day.

According to Barresi, testing was disrupted for 8,100 junior and high school students across the state.

"Each time you would have to enter all this information, then it will take you to the test and then kick you out and then you enter all this information again," explained Storme Jones, a junior at Yukon High School. "We probably went through this login five or six times,"

Storme was trying to take his U.S. History test Monday morning.

"I think I made it through five questions, and it kicked me out," Storme said.

Finally, their counselor told them the state cancelled testing for the rest of the day.

Like last year, Barresi said the issue was with the testing company: McGraw-Hill.

It is an understatement to say that I am outraged," Barresi told reporters Monday.

"It's frustrating," Yukon High School Principal Melissa Barlow said.

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At Yukon High School, it means not only having to reschedule a day of testing during a very short testing window. It also costs them money.

"We've had our plan for a really long time," said Barlow. "We have parents who take time off work and come monitor our tests for us. All of our teachers who administer the tests, we have substitutes for their classes for the rest of the day. We have volunteers who come and test us. I purchase breakfast for the kids on the mornings of the test. We did all that stuff today."

Students, like Storme who had studied, got a good night's sleep and mentally prepared for the test, will have to do it all over again.

"It was disappointing," Storme said.

According to Barresi, the company said students who had their tests disrupted will have their previous answers saved, so they can finish the test at a later date.

Barresi said McGraw-Hill has a penalty clause in their contract of $15,000 per day if there is an interruption.