From Diane Ravitch's blog:
Yes, you read that right. The vendor of the Smarter Balanced Assessment was not prepared for the number of tests that the server had to deliver, and the system broke down in three states.
According to the Nevada Department of Education, a spike in students taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) this morning in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota exceeded the data capacity of Measured Progress, a third-party vendor contracted by the states to provide the test.Think about it. The vendor didn’t know that so many students would be taking tests at the same time. What were they thinking?
All testing in the three states has been stopped until Measured Progress can increase its data capacity, according to an email sent to state superintendents today by state deputy superintendent Steve Canavero.
Seriously? Is any state really going to count either PARCC or SBAC results? Because this is ridiculous.
End of update.
From the Colorado Springs Gazette:
"Technical difficulties" caused computerized testing in Colorado to "not operate optimally" Tuesday morning, according to the Colorado Department of Education. The window for new, required science and social studies testing developed by the state opened Monday for Colorado's 179 public school districts.
A District 11 teacher said about mid-morning, half-way into the testing, "the whole thing just shut down."
"It was like crash and burn," he said.
Statewide, 34,396 students were testing on Tuesday, Anthony said. That's down from the 46,800 that tested on Monday, the first day of the window.
The glitch occurred at a time when state lawmakers are debating several bills to reduce standardized testing and change the requirements.
This is thought to be the first time that such a statewide shut-down occurred with the new testing system. The D-11 teacher said last year, during the trial run, one-third of students testing at his school could not answer questions related to animation they were supposed to watch because the program did not work properly.