Online Standardized Test Crash
School districts around the state were forced to change their standardized testing schedules because of a system malfunction earlier this week.
Ohio’s testing vendor, American Institutes for Reaserch, told the state on Wednesday students were not able to login and access their tests. One state lawmaker says this is a concern, and an example of a bigger issue. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.
Republican Senator Matt Huffman has a bill that would reduce the state’s involvement in education, giving more power to the local level. He says scaling back statewide testing is part of that.
Huffman: “If the local school districts had their local tests -- I understand that we have to have accountability and some standardized testing -- but if their local computer vendor messed up it wouldn’t have effected all these other school districts.”
Because of the malfunction, the state has extended the testing window by two days.
The way student achievement and school performance are assessed is coming under fire from lawmakers. Concerns range from over testing to the way the information is presented through state report cards.