- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada education officials say students were able to take the state-mandated Common Core test after catastrophic failures hit its computerized system last year.

The Nevada Department of Education said Friday that more than 270,000 students were able to complete the statewide exam developed by the test creator, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

State superintendent Steve Canavero called this testing cycle “one of the most successful” efforts in the country.

It comes a year after computer glitches halted Common Core testing in several states.

Nevada was among the hardest hit, with only a third of its students able to take the test.

The U.S. Department of Education eventually granted the state a rare exemption from the federal mandate requiring at least 95 percent of students participate in an annual statewide exam.

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