Glitch Forces Students in Va. to Stop Mid-Exam: Wash. Post

Students who are currently taking No Child Left Behind-Leaves Many Children Behind-mandated exams in the Commonwealth of Virginia are being hampered by computer glitches this week since many of them are online-based tests. See this excerpt in today’s Washington Post where both state and testing company officials (Pearson Educational Management) are trying to remedy the problems:

Thousands of Virginia students who took state standardized tests online yesterday were forced to stop because of a computer problem and will have to retake the exams, state education officials said.

Virginia Department of Education spokesman Charles Pyle said school districts so far have reported that about 2,900 tests will have to be administered again. He said the testing vendor, Iowa-based Pearson Educational Measurement, reported that there was a problem with a connection between two servers.

“This has affected schools in every area . . . and we will have students who will have to retest,” Pyle said. “As more reports come in, we may see that number increase.”

Pyle said Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax schools are among the county systems that will have to repeat the exams. Students in those counties were unable to finish about 900 tests, he said.

The interruption — the second glitch with online testing in a week — came amid a critical testing time in Virginia schools. Students have been taking Standards of Learning exams, which are used to determine whether schools meet state standards and measure up under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

E.C. 🙂

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