Study: Online glitches didn’t affect test scores

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota education officials say recurring problems with an online system for administering proficiency tests had minimal impact on students’ scores this spring.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/17NaKnw ) the review concluded that while students experienced computer slowdowns, freezes and other disruptions on April 16 and 23, there’s no evidence to suggest that the disruptions, on average, adversely impacted students or schools.

The state is set to release the results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests next week.

Thousands of students across Minnesota experienced slow loading times and other problems that interfered with their beginning or completing math and reading MCAs.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says she’s instructing the state’s vendor to take all preventative measures to make sure it does not happen again.

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Online:

Minnesota Department of Education Test Administration: http://www.education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/TestAdmin/index.html

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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