Gltiches in STAAR testing system impacting Katy ISD, HISD students

- For families in public schools, the STAAR tests going on this week are disruptive enough. But now there's been a glitch in the testing, disrupting things even further.

Kids sweat out the STAAR tests because of their high stakes. Some are told they won't advance to the next grade without passing it. Most of the test is taken with pencil and paper, but some is taken on a computer, and the Texas Education Agency confirms a serious statewide glitch.

The work many students did on computerized tests was not being saved. It disappeared when they returned to the test after taking a break.

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath writes of his displeasure in a news release.

"The technical issues experienced today during the online administration of STAAR are simply unacceptable," Morath says. "Such issues undermine the hard work of our teachers and students."

The problems actually cropped up Tuesday and interrupted testing across the state. The TEA tells Fox 26 it's unaware of any new issues occurring Wednesday, but the magnitude of the problem is still being assessed.

According to Katy Independent School District, about 60 of its students have been effected by the glitch.

Houston ISD tells us it does not yet know how many students were effected.

The company responsible for administering the test, the Education Testing Service, believes some of the students responses will be retrievable, but parents want to know, what now? This is important.

The TEA wrote to districts late Thursday with this statement:

"For students who were not able to complete an online test because of the technology issues related to the STAAR online testing platform, districts are not required to have the students complete the test(s) and should feel under no obligation to do so. Rather, they should determine on an individual student basis whether continuing testing is in the best interest of the student. The agency will ensure that there are no adverse consequences for students who do not resume testing and for districts that elect not to have students resume testing."

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