Computer Problems and the MCAComputer glitch with the MCA testing causes problems
By: Scribe Staff, Sibley Scribe
Minnesota is in the process of putting all of its MCA tests online. This year’s test took place on April 16 and April 17, but a computer problem kept most Sibley students from being able to complete the math test online. The problem had nothing to do with Sibley or ISD197, though. Instead, the issue was with the testing contractor, American Institutes of Research, or AIR. The Minnesota Department of Education pays AIR over $60 million to administer the MCA tests, and clearly they are not pleased with the slowness of the system and the problems associated with the online testing. Some students were unable to complete their math MCA, and other students’ results were not even recorded. Many students, though, were able to complete the test with little or no problem.
Most Minnesota districts are already doing the tests online, though some districts have waited for the problems to be resolved. The trend toward online testing will continue, though it is obviously not fail-safe. The Minnesota Department of Education is considering action against AIR, with whom their contract to administer the tests expires in 2014.
Sources used for this article : St. Paul Pioneer Press.