- About 3,400 students reportedly found themselves unable to complete the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam Monday due to a computer server issue that prevented users from logging in.
- Pearson currently has a five-year contract through 2015 to handle Texas tests for about $468 million.
- Districts are handling the problem by using paper tests or postponing the state-mandated exam until later this week.
From the article:
"... Students and testing coordinators had difficulty launching the system or logging back on during a Monday administration of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exam. Of the approximately 19,000 students slated to take the online version, nearly 3,400 encountered problems signing on, according to the Statesman. Most were taking the writing portion of the English I exam. ..."