Computer glitches derail school tests in three states

May 1, 2013 by Tom Coyne

School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and determine teachers' pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators' computer systems.

Thousands of students in Indiana, Oklahoma and Minnesota have been kicked offline multiple times during testing in recent weeks. That's raised concerns about whether frustration over the tests could impact their scores.

say there's no room for error on the tests that states are spending millions of dollars on and for which teachers and students are held accountable.

The stakes are even higher in Indiana. Recent changes in how teachers are evaluated tied their merit pay to on the tests.

CTB/McGraw-Hill administers the tests in Indiana and Oklahoma and says it is focused on fixing the problems.

Explore further: 'No Child' law gets an 'F' from education professor at Illinois

Related Stories

International research tests language tests

June 4, 2009

Unique Queen's University research will shed light on how motivation and anxiety affects language test scores, and on the relationship between the test scores and the social and educational contexts of the tests.

Study: Teachers' unions don't provide more pay

October 20, 2009

Teachers' unions have little impact on a school district's allocation of money, including teacher pay and spending per student, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Labor Economics.

Recommended for you

Sydney makes its mark with electronic paper traffic signs

July 28, 2015

Visionect, which is in the business of helping companies build electronic paper display products, announced that Sydney has launched e-paper traffic signs. The traffic signage integrates displays from US manufacturer E Ink ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.