Computer Glitch Delays Some STAAR Retesting

AUSTIN (December 4, 2012)--Thousands of students who are retaking a standardized state test had to pass on the electronic version because of a computer glitch, Texas education officials said.

Some students and testing coordinators had trouble launching the system or logging back on Monday.

Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said contractor Pearson Education evidently had a computer server issue with the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exam.

Ratcliffe says some districts switched to a paper version while others postponed the exam until later this week.

About 19,000 students were ready to take the online version, but nearly 3,400 had trouble signing on.

Most students were taking the writing portion of the English I exam, which they previously failed.

A spokesman for Pearson declined comment.

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