Fairtest: Computer Servers Crashed in Nine States During Testing

Diane Ravitch's blog

A message from Fairtest:

FairTest National Center for Fair & Open Testing


for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell (239) 699-0468


COMPUTER-ADMINISTERED SCHOOL EXAMS CRASHED
IN NINE STATES IN APRIL, 2015;
WIDESPREAD TECHNICAL, SECURITY PROBLEMS DEMONSTRATE
ANOTHER FAILURE OF POLITICALLY MANDATED TESTING


New, computer-delivered, school testing programs have been plagued by malfunctions across the nation. So far in April, exam delivery collapsed in at least eight states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Several different companies are responsible for these faulty systems. The list includes American Institutes of Research (AIR), CTB/McGraw-Hill, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Measured Progress, and Pearson Education.
According to Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, (FairTest), which monitors standardized exams across the U.S., policy-makers should learn two lessons from these widespread technical problems.


“First,” Schaeffer explained, “State education officials must suspend the…

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