- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas students and schools should have access to their scores in September from this year’s state math and reading tests that officials say went off with relatively few hitches.

Last year, technical glitches and cyberattacks had led to test results being declared invalid, the Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1Si0fk9 ) reported. The 2014 exams were the first time the state had rolled out a new test design and test delivery platform.

“We’re relieved, we’re appreciative of everybody who stuck with us,” said Marianne Perie, head of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at The University of Kansas. “We feel like we’ve got some good data now to give teachers and schools and parents some good feedback about their kids and how they’re doing on these new standards.”

The college’s testing center designs and administers Kansas’ state tests.

Testing staff had worked to resolve the technical bugs and contracted with a private company to shield the testing platform from cyberattacks, which officials said didn’t compromise the security of student data.

The problems ended up affecting about one-third of math tests and two-thirds of English tests taken by Kansas students. No scores were published since the results for many tests weren’t reliable.

Data analysis from this year’s test showed that it took students less time on average to complete the exams than expected, Perie said.

The average student took around 3 hours to complete the math and reading tests, plus another 20 minutes for a complex math-performance task and 50 minutes for a complex writing task.

Testing officials estimated around 5 hours for math and reading, plus 50 minutes for the math performance task and 90 minutes for the writing task.

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

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