Server Problems Disrupt STAAR Testing Statewide Including Katy

KATY (Covering Katy News) – Server problems disrupted STAAR testing in Katy and other communities this week. The testing began Tuesday across the state of Texas. The disruption impacted all Katy Independent School District campuses.  Students taking the test were grades 5 and 8 reading, grades 4 and 7 writing, and English I.

“Unfortunately, soon after the test administration began, the Educational Testing Services, which is the state’s vendor for the STAAR exams, reported that a state-wide disruption to its server had caused multiple outages to its online system,” said a statement from Katy ISD to parents.

As a result of the statewide problems, many Katy students were inadvertently logged out of their testing sessions and were unable to log back in. Those who were able to log-in had to do so after their screens froze during the testing.

The Texas Education Agency and ETS were immediately notified of these disruptions. Students impacted by the outages were allowed to have missed time added back to their time limit, according to Katy ISD.

“Katy ISD is not currently aware of any students losing their responses.  However, we are working with the TEA and ETS and will be reviewing any testing trends once results are released to the district,” the district said.


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