Lawmakers Want to Stop School Testing Until Computers Fixed

Some state legislators are calling for a moratorium on public school testing after a number of computer glitches.

Longtime school administrator and Smithville Democratic Rep. Curtis McDaniel said Wednesday it would be unfair to subject students to testing this year after "a ton of problems" have been reported with the process.

The State Department of Education reported problems this week with online assessments for students in grades 6 through 12. The department reported that testing company CTB/McGraw Hill had problems with their servers while uploading results that caused some students to get knocked off the system during the middle of their tests.

On Tuesday morning, testing was set to resume across Tulsa Public School classrooms as various end-of-the-year exams were conducted. This was after issues with the testing software had been affecting those taking the exams for the past few weeks.

TPS administrator Chris Payne told KTUL that faculty began seeing issues pop up again this morning putting a stop to the tests. Some of the issues reported included students not being able to log into the system or being kicked-off midway.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi called the glitches "completely unacceptable" and says the department is working on how to remedy the problem.

Staff and Wire Reports