Editorial: Test givers have to get it right in future



It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist or any other form of above average intelligence to acknowledge that the computer glitch fiasco during the most recent ISTEP+ testing period had a marked effect on a significant number of students.

That is a recognition of the facts that should be kept in mind by state education officials in the next testing period and motivate them to take whatever steps are required to make sure similar incidents do not happen again.

Based on evaluations by officials in the Department of Education, it is not entirely clear that they have acknowledged the degree of the problems created this past spring when a series of computer glitches either knocked thousands of test takers offline or caused momentary disruptions in concentration.

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