- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas has expanded its bandwidth capacity, resolving a problem that caused delays last week for students trying to take reading and math tests in schools across the state, an official said.

The Center of Educational Testing and Evaluation, which develops and administers the tests, said the delays occurred because so many schools tried to access the online testing platform at the same time, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1bIDMLO ).

The center doubled its bandwidth late last week, which seemed to solve the problem, said Neal Kingston, co-director of the center. The center’s original bandwidth was 5 megabits per second, with a burst rate of 15 megabits per second. To ensure no further problems, the center will increase its bandwidth again Tuesday, to triple the original capacity, he said.

“We don’t want to have even a margin of error,” Kingston said. “Schools are under too much pressure to allow anything on the delivery side to get in the way.”

Kansas schools will start annual state math and reading tests in a few weeks.

Kingston said he is confident that the testing platform would be ready for the state exams.

The center will spend an extra $4,800 to triple the bandwidth, a cost it does not plan to pass on to the Kansas State Department of Education, Kingston said.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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