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Problems Reported With Texas’ STAAR Exam — Again

Two years after software problems rendered results on the statewide STAAR exam unusable, students taking the test Tuesday reported more technical problems


Sameer Vasta | The Texas Tribune

Texas students taking a critical standardized test on Tuesday were confronted with technical problems — again.

Teachers told The Dallas Morning News that some students were temporarily kicked out of the testing software while taking the STAAR exam. Texas Education Agency spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson told the Morning News it was a "very minor" — and temporary — glitch. She did not immediately return a request for comment from The Texas Tribune.

But the issues on Tuesday recall a disaster in 2016, when computer problems statewide affected more than 14,000 tests. Education Commissioner Mike Morath ultimately scrapped the results for fifth- and eighth-graders.

It’s unclear if or how the issues will affect this year’s results. Some teachers told the Dallas newspaper that their students’ work didn’t appear to be lost.

Students in those grades must pass the STAAR reading and math tests in order to move on to the next grade, and have to retake the exam up to three times if they fail.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune.