PISCATAWAY, NJ – Officials from the NJ Department of Education informed school districts statewide to postpone PARCC testing for Wednesday afternoon as a computer glitch interrupted access for many students in grades 3 through 11.
Education Commissioner David Hespe notified district testing coordinators that the problem was within the Pearson testing platform preventing students from logging on to the online assessments.
In Piscataway, students testing in five of the district’s ten schools were affected by the outage, unable to login to take the test during the morning timetable.
“We were able to operate some of our schools,” said Carolyn Keck, the district testing coordinator. “It did interrupt our schedule however some of our schools were able to follow their schedule.”
When TAPinto inquired about when testing could resume, Keck said, “We have built into our schedule days for interruptions and also for makeup tests. We will have enough time to be able to recover as long as this is the only day we’re interrupted.”
Keck declined to announce which schools were affected by the interruption pending notification to parents.
State department officials directed schools who could login to not start any testing after 11:30 a.m. because the entire system would be shutdown at 1:00 p.m. However, any testing started before 11:30 would be able to be finished.
“Our administrators and our IT staff and our faculty have really adjusted dutifully which is extremely important because we don’t want to put any anxiety onto students,” said Keck about the interruption. “Everyone handled everything beautifully.”