Local Students Affected By Computer Glitch On State Test

Local Students Affected By Computer Glitch On State Test

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It was a frustrating day for some north country students as they tried to take a state English test. It was all because of a computer glitch.

Local officials said at least five school districts, and possibly several more, in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties experienced issues.

Officials said Questar Assessment Incorporated, the test company, had delays downloading the computer-based tests.

At Copenhagen Central School, approximately 60 students were affected, said Superintendent Scott Connell.

He said 3rd and 5th graders were set to take the test first thing Wednesday morning, but the problem wasn't resolved until around 10 a.m.

For 3rd graders, he said Wednesday was day two of testing and that at least two students lost everything they did Tuesday.

The 5th graders have postponed taking the test and will take it Thursday. Connell said if the computer issue is resolved by then, students will take the test electronically. If not, the test will be administered by paper.

According to Peter Turner, superintendent of Carthage Central School District, nearly 500 students in 6th and 7th grades were affected by the computer problems. The test was postponed until Thursday.

"The students rolled with the punches and I'm proud of them for that," said Turner.

Sackets Harbor Superintendent Jennifer Gaffney said 90 to 100 students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were affected by the computer issues.

She said the system was down for about 30 minutes and all students were able to complete the test.

At South Lewis Central School, the glitch affected students in grades 3, 4, 7 and 8.

Superintendent Doug Premo said computer-based testing began Tuesday without problems. He said some students were able to finish the exam on Wednesday despite the delay. For other students, the test has been postponed until Thursday.

Premo said he didn't believe the problem affected student performance in his district.

According to Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent Stephen Todd, the state has given school districts a 9 day window to complete the tests, allowing them to administer the exams on another day.

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Superintendent Tom Burns said one school district and possibly one other were affected by the computer issues. He declined to name them.

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