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Report: 329 Central Texas students impacted by STAAR testing glitches

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A new report from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows that 329 students from 10 Central Texas counties, had trouble recording and saving their answers during STAAR testing in March.

  • Burnet CISD: 56
  • Connally ISD: 61
  • Copperas Cove ISD: 23
  • Corsicana ISD: 10
  • Gatesville ISD: 15
  • Hearne ISD: 6
  • Killeen ISD: 42
  • Lampasas ISD: 15
  • Marble Falls ISD: 8
  • Marlin ISD: 12
  • Meridian ISD: 5
  • Midway ISD: 14
  • Navarro ISD: 13
  • Robinson ISD: 14
  • Rockdale ISD: 9
  • Teague ISD: 14
  • Waco ISD: 12

According to the TEA report, some students had their answers erased after they officially logged out, while some were logged out of the test before they finished. Other students lost portions of their work due to internet connectivity issues and there were also kids whose program opened the wrong version of the test.

All of the problems were resolved the same day, but not before 14,000 kids statewide were impacted. As we previously reported, many of those children were special education students.

This was the first year that the New Jersey-based, “Educational Testing Services (ETS)," administered the exam, after winning a $280 million contract with the state.

But, according to Education Commissioner, if the glitches aren't fixed by the time the next batch of testing happens in May, the state will reconsider its contract with the company.

News Channel 25 reached out to some of those local school districts, to see how they are working with ETS to prevent this from happening in the future and are waiting for a response.

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