Smarter Balanced Assessments 33

Technology challenges of online statewide assessments.

Over the last few years, I have linked to articles about technology challenges large and small that other states have encountered while trying to administer statewide online assessments (see, for example, here, here, or here). The stories keep coming, some SBAC related and some not, and the following links may include previously blogged articles as well as more recent articles.

Smarter Balanced

Smarter Balanced assessments not running well on iPads (Maine).

Three States to Decline Use of Adaptive Feature of Smarter Balanced Assessments (EdWeek). Smarter Balanced assessments millions over budget and adaptive-testing software not working properly (Wisconsin, not using AIR software).

Familiarity with online testing helps, but even so, technical problems happen during field testing (Ed Week reporting on multiple states). Quote from a South Dakota principal, “Starting in kindergarten, we need to do a lot more work just navigating the computer.”

Other Statewide Online Assessments or Related School Technology Issues

Denial of service attacks disrupt statewide online testing (Kansas).

We’re Not Ready for Online Tests, Most District Ed-Tech Leaders Say (EdWeek).

Vendor software incompatible with school browsers (Minnesota).

Technical issues with log ins and connection interruptions, disrupting school instruction and testing schedules (Florida). Software updates blamed for testing disruptions (Florida). Peter Greene at Curmudgacation: FL Testing: Crash and Burn.

School districts debate move to statewide online testing (Colorado).

After Ed-Tech Meltdown, a District Rebounds (EdWeek).

Idaho Schools Face Potential Tech Crisis Over Broadband Issue (EdWeek), but it is resolved for now (Center for Digital Education).