Some students to retake state test after hardware glitch

Posted January 13, 2014


— Public school students in the career and technical education tract may have to retake final exams because of technical problems on Monday.

Officials said a hardware issue invalidated final exam test scores. It was unknown Monday how many students were affected across the state, said Joanne Honeycutt, director of career and technical education for the state Department of Public Instruction. Some scores did go through and school districts have other options to submit grades, she said.

Students will not be penalized for the glitch, but many will have to retake the tests, Honeycutt said.

Wake County students will not be required to retake the exams, according to the district’s official Twitter account.

The state has used the same testing system for three years. There were no issues when the system was used last spring, Honeycutt said.


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  • dogteacher63 Jan 14, 2014

    This is definitely not the first time there have been issues with this system. There are issues during every final exam period. This is just the worst incident so far.

  • meldenis Jan 14, 2014

    I would like to retake a lot of tests after I know what is going to be on it. Is that an advantage? Is it fair to those that only got to take it once?

  • hussie42000 Jan 14, 2014

    I am tired of hearing it was hardware glitch or a programming error. I better description would help but no matter one would think that with knowledge base we have in this area these problems would not occur as often. It is not as if this is cutting edge technology.
    If the managers can't handle the job get new managers and don't pass the buck. You are in charge, take responsibility.

  • sbr1963 Jan 14, 2014

    I had two that were suppose to take CTE exams yesterday. One was able too, but there issues. My other son's class was not able to take the exam at all. They say there is no protocol for when this happens, so they don't know what the will do. I am sure that those kids will have to give up their Friday now to go back in and take the exam.

  • Honesty first Jan 14, 2014

    If they have to retake the test, is that not a penalty.

  • Wiser_now Jan 14, 2014

    Students ARE being penalized. They have to suffer through yet another test - through no fault of their own. I am sure they will not be able to exactly re-create their first results, which penalize those who did well the first time.
    I think a goo alternative to retaking the test is to give them shorter test - using paper and pencil.

  • busyb97 Jan 14, 2014

    "Students will not be penalized for the glitch, but many will have to retake the tests,"

    I would say that is being penalized. It's tough enough taking finals the first time, but taking them again?! Ironic that this is the "technical education" tract tests and the TECHNICAL part failed! These kids could probably have done a better job making it work.

  • itlsss Jan 14, 2014

    As many IT companies as there are in NC it looks like the State could get a computer application right every once in a while.

  • Wiser_now Jan 14, 2014

    Even though I've worked in technology for many years - I don't trust it. Too many - especially those who have grown up with it - believe it will always work and are outraged and surprised when there are glitches. The possibility of human error and hardware failings will always exist. Technology will never be perfect. I think we are putting way too many eggs in the cyber-basket.

  • d32 Jan 13, 2014

    The article is not entirely true, there have been issues in the past, just not reported! This system has only worked at about 80 percent since its inception. I know in 1 school kids took the test online AND used bubble sheets in anticipation of this. IF there were no problems in the past, this would not have been done.