Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Statewide tests resume Thursday after computer glitches fixed

Author:

Sorry, kids – the unexpected break you had from statewide testing is over.

The Minnesota Department of Education said Wednesday the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or MCAs, will start up again Thursday, now that the computer glitches that had caused the tests to be suspended Tuesday have been fixed.

School districts and students in several areas of the state had trouble logging into the testing system Tuesday – the third day in the past two weeks that technical problems affected tests. Delays in accessing the testing system lasted up to 2 1/2 hours at some schools.

Pearson, the state's testing contractor, told education officials that last week's problems stemmed from server problems that occurred due to the heavy student traffic.

Tuesday's problems occurred because of a “denial of service attack,” in which someone tried to disrupt the system by overwhelming it with web traffic, Pearson said. The attack was not an attempt to steal student data; it was intended to disrupt the testing, the company said.

"Pearson has assured us that at no point was any student data at risk or compromised," said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius in a statement.

The company has apologized for the problems, and has taken several steps to address them, she said.

Pearson is “confident that any similar service interruptions will be avoided for the remainder of the MCA testing window," according to the statement.

Because of the problems, school districts around the state will have two additional days to complete the MCAs. The testing window was schedule to close on May 8, according to MPR News.

The Education Department says 400,000 Minnesota students have taken the exams since testing opened in March, and those results are not affected by the computer problems.

The Pioneer Press reports Pearson is in the first year of a $38 million contract to provide the reading, math, and science tests, which are required for students in 3rd through 8th grades and high school.

Next Up

Eric Kendricks

Vikings-Steelers: 5 things you can count on

After an embarrassing loss to the Lions, can the Vikings get it together?

snow, snowing

Winter storm watch expands north, includes parts of Twin Cities

Everyone in southern Minnesota will want to keep an eye on forecast changes.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

5-year-old boy fatally shot on Thanksgiving identified

Police said a few juveniles at the home were making a social media video when the gun went off.

PAMP travail 1

Pig Ate My Pizza will close at the end of the year.

Its leaders plan to relaunch and "get back to the humble beginnings of Travail."

flickr - criticla care nurses nov 2021

Allina parts ways with 53 of 27,000 employees over vaccine mandate

That's about 0.2% of the health care system's workforce.

US Bank Stadium, Vikings fans

Matthew Coller: How will Vikings fans react on Thursday night?

Will years of disappointment be revealed if the Vikings struggle against the Steelers?

dinner party holidays gathering celebration 1

Health officials encourage getting vaccinated and tested before the holidays

The state has launched a "Celebrate Safely, Minnesota" campaign to make it easier to get tested and vaccinated.

Kjellberg booking photo crop

Charges: Parking dispute, scuffle preceded fatal stabbing

The suspect said he was upset about neighbors and their friends regularly parking on his property.

Dave Hutchinson

Hennepin Co. Sheriff injured in rollover, admits to drinking beforehand

The sheriff, in a statement, called it an "inexcusable decision."

CDC - vaccine band aid

COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in MN dominated by unvaccinated

The latest figures from October show a disproportionate number of deaths among the unvaccinated.

Jaxon Howard

Top MN football recruit Jaxon Howard to announce college decision

He's the son of former Minnesota Viking Willie Howard.

18 wheeler - tractor trailer - semi truck

MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K

The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.

Related