Glitch Prevents Ohio Students From Taking Standardized Test

(Credit: U.S. Department of Education)

Hundreds of students in Akron were among those prevented from beginning a state required exam Wednesday due to a computer glitch that impacted testing statewide. 

Testing resumed Thursday after a bug in the vendor’s system prevented students from logging in to their English Language Arts exams Wednesday.

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Education said ODE was notified Wednesday morning by AIR, the American Institutes for Research, of a problem with its log in system.

Akron City Schools Deputy Superintendent Ellen McWilliams-Woods said the glitch caused the system to crash as 54 students were taking exams, and prevented any others from logging in.

McWilliams-Woods said the crash affected students statewide and Columbus City Schools also reported issues with testing, but a Department of Education spokesperson did not confirm how many students were impacted.

The state has extended the testing window for students by two days, giving schools until May 1 to administer the required exams.

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