State testing came to a screeching halt for the second time in two days after outages with the testing company’s servers.
After Monday's crash, students were all ready to go Tuesday morning, but shortly after logging on an error message popped up on their computer screens.
"About 9:00, we were hit with a barrage of emails from several sites saying that their students were being kicked off."
Testing coordinator, Stephani Allen-Brown has worked hard to make this process smooth, but now it's simply a big mess. “In addition to Internet problems, you have the moral of the students which you can see is deflating and they feel sort of discouraged and defeated."
While Stephani and her co-coordinator, Tina, were frantically trying to figure out what was wrong, students were forced to remain quiet, "if they leave their testing environment, then they invalidate their test."
The state board of education emailed TPS saying in part, that McGraw Hill's testing server crashed again Tuesday morning, and the company is in the process of determining an extension to the testing window.
Meanwhile, students, teachers and staff are left to scramble their schedules to get testing done by the deadline, “yes, we are supposed to have all of our testing done if not by Friday then shortly thereafter."
FOX23 put in several calls and emails to the state board of education to find out when the problem would be fixed and are still waiting on an answer.
If a school tests fewer than 95% of the student population then their letter grade on the state’s A-F report card could drop one grade. If fewer than 90% of the students are tested that school could get an automatic F.
Here's an email sent to the districts impacted:
Dear Superintendents and District Testing Coordinators,
It is our understanding that CTB McGraw Hill’s testing server crashed again this morning. We expect the company to send a communication to you, but we wanted to make sure you knew we are working on this as well.
We are in the process of determining an extension to the testing window, and will let you know details as soon as we have them.
We are so sorry for the problems you are experiencing. We are working with the company to determine the nature and scope of the problem and to ensure it is fixed.
Assistant State Superintendent of Assessments and Accountability
TPS tells FOX23 that 290 tests had to be invalidated on Tuesday after the crash, 158 had to be invalidated on Monday.