Glitches, security issues lead to teachers’ reporting low confidence with online test score results

online-testsHundreds of Minnesota teachers want to throw out the results of this year’s academic assessments because they fear repeated problems with the online tests make scores unreliable for judging teacher and student performance.

Their request was amplified in mid-May when students across the state were unable to take their science Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or MCAs, because of a reported cyberattack on the online system run by the Pearson testing company.

The trouble was bad enough that the state Department of Education suspended testing for a second time this assessment season.

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