- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Department of Public Instruction says planned student achievement testing that will gauge how well students are meeting the new Common Core educational standards has been delayed because of issues delivering the tests.

The department says contractor Measured Progress told the state this week that it needed to delay North Dakota State Assessment testing because of a “single, problematic anomaly” with the delivery system. The tests were scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Department spokesman Dale Wetzel says they believe the problem is on the verge of being solved. Wetzel says the delay “is not ideal” but that it’s more important that testing go smoothly.

Common Core outlines what skills students need to be ready for college and careers.

Nevada and Montana also have contracts with Measured Progress and are delaying exams.

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