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Abilene ISD impacted by STAAR testing ‘glitch’



Several school districts across Texas are still frustrated after a ‘glitch’ forced them to suspend the first day of STAAR testing.

Abilene ISD was one of the schools impacted with more than 300 students affected.

“It was not the finest day yesterday for the state testing entity,” said Dr. David Young, Abilene ISD Superintendent.

Because of the pandemic, students were given the option to take parts of the test online. Students who took the test the old fashioned way, were not impacted.

“We had 854 students participating with paper and pencil testing,” said Dr. Young.

49 percent of the students taking the online STAAR test were able to submit it. Dr. Young told KTXS that he is concerned some weren’t finished.

“Some of them closed out the test by pressing the submit button rather than exiting out,” said Dr. Young. “We’re having to investigate kid by kid weather even those 172 that were able to submit but we don’t believe that those all completed the test.”

Texas education officials are looking to move most of the STAAR testing online within the next few years.

Dr. Young hopes Tuesday was not a sign of things to come.