Power issues force delay in STAAR testing at local middle school

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco Independent School District officials rescheduled STAAR testing Tuesday at G.W. Carver Middle School after power issues at the campus and there were other glitches, as well.

The testing was moved to Friday.

G. W. Carver is one of five Waco ISD campuses that could be closed after failing to make the grade with the state for at least five consecutive years.

Schools across Texas reportedly experienced an outage involving the online version of the STAAR test Tuesday.

Waco ISD's executive director of communications, Kyle DeBeer, said the outage began sometime after 9:00 a.m. and lasted between an hour and two hours.

The online system was working properly as of 11:00 a.m.

DeBeer says this appears to have happened across the state and the Texas Education Agency intended to distribute information on what accommodations must be made for students impacted by the outage.

He said the glitch impacts a relatively small number of students because most take the paper version of the exam.

ETS is the organization that administers the STAAR exam and experienced glitches on a testing day in April as well.

The Texas Education Agency later issued a statement in which it said, "It was recommended for students having technical issues to stop testing and return to normal academic activities and log back in at a later time. It is also recommended that if students are not able to complete the test Tuesday, these students can continue the test later in the week."