Colorado students began taking PARCC tests this week (Andy Cross, The Denver Post).
At 8 a.m. Monday, about 100 students at Sheridan High School southwest of Denver arrived as scheduled for their first exposure to a new generation of online standardized tests meant to measure their critical thinking and reasoning.
The district had put the system through a test run on Friday and everything worked perfectly, said Michael Clough, the Sheridan School District superintendent. But when it really counted, students at Sheridan High trying to log into the testing system got one of those frustrating hourglasses that just keep spinning and spinning, Clough said.
Within an hour, five kids were able to log into the system, he said. Within two hours, maybe 50 percent of students were able to start. Most were able to get in within three hours, but in other instances the test would not properly function once students were able to log in and begin taking it, Clough said.
Eventually, all students completed the tests in math and English language arts, part of Colorado’s membership in a 12-state testing consortium known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

Clough said Monday night he could not say for certain what caused the problem and who or what was to blame. He initially said it “might be our network, it might be our firewall.” But Clough said that his tech department assured him that the test runs Friday, conducted with PARCC and testing vendor Pearson, came off perfectly, which to him suggested it was an outside issue.
“We’re deducing had it been on our end, we would have never have gotten through,” Clough said. “But I don’t know for sure. We need to be figuring it out.”
Michael Clough (Sheridan School District photo).
He added: “I wonder what the quality of your assessment looks like once you got in. The kids were extremely frustrated. I can’t say that I blame them. My kids are great. They are patient, they will do as their told. But it just isn’t set up … – Click Here To Visit Article Source