Computer erases Indiana students’ grades

A computer malfunction wiped out a month’s worth of grades at three Indiana high schools and one middle school, giving struggling students a second chance but dismaying others, the Associated Press reports. The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp. announced on its web site that the malfunction occurred during spring break. Students at Harrison High had mixed reactions, depending on how the second semester was going for them, senior Ibrahim Dughaish said March 31. "Some are really upset because they worked hard for five weeks," but others saw it as a reprieve, he said. Upcoming report cards at the four schools will not be issued as scheduled. Instead, the final two weeks of the current six-week period will be combined with the final six weeks of the year into an eight- week reporting period. The school district’s announcement said IBM engineers determined the loss of data was caused by "an unfortunate and very rare combination of hardware problems and backup configuration settings"…

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