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Updated: 04/29/2013 7:09 PM
Created: 04/29/2013 5:10 PM | Print |  Email
By: Ellen Galles

Schools Across Minn. Experience Standardized Testing Troubles

It's standardized test-taking time in Minnesota, but districts across the state have experienced glitches with the online tests. 

According to the state at least 5,000 students have reported problems taking the test: from not being able to log on to unusually slow "load time" for each question.  In some school districts like Minnetonka, they've had to cancel testing two different times.

About 300,000 students have completed the testing without a problem, but state education officials say that's not good enough.

"Even one student is too many.  I don't care if it's 5,000 students or 500.  The uncertainty is not a good environment for test taking," said Charlene Briner with The Minnesota Department of Education.

The state uses a contractor called American Institutes for Research to run the tests.  At least part of the problem has been traced back to the company's server.  A company spokesperson says they identified the problem right away and have dedicated a tremendous amount of resources to fix it.

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