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A Fairly Smooth Start on Computerized Test's First Day

Hartford Courant (CT) (03/25/14) Megan, Kathleen

School districts in Connecticut began administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test on March 25, and by the end of the first day, State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said a few problems had been fixed. Smarter Balanced deployed more operators to its overwhelmed hotline, some districts reported an initial problem logging into the system, and one district's server crashed. "We are very pleased, but it's too soon to be confident that the system is working smoothly," Pryor said. "The signs are positive ... but we recognize that there is more analysis to be done. This is a field test, and the purpose of the field test is to identify the bugs and glitches and to fix them." Ninety percent of the state's districts will offer the computerized test this year, with the testing period running through June 6.
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