Education

NC students to take paper tests after online exam firm closes

Posted May 4, 2015

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— A company with a state contract to handle tests for technical education classes in North Carolina high schools and middle schools shut down unexpectedly last week, forcing teachers to scramble to make adjustments to upcoming final exams.

Charlotte-based Thinkgate has provided testing software used to administer 150 tests for about 500,000 students statewide for the past five years.

Teachers are now preparing to give students paper tests rather than online exams.

Debbie Parrish, career development coordinator at Broughton High School in Raleigh, said the change will mean a delay of a day or two in getting student scores back.

"In the long run, as teachers, we're used to making adjustments and making things work," Parrish said.

Thinkgate's contract, which paid the company $7.2 million over five years, was to expire at the end of June. Officials with the state Department of Public Instruction are starting the search for a new software vendor.

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