4/11/2016 – 9:25 pm
School testing continues to provide issues for Findlay City Schools. Modern schools use online testing methods to hold the tests, but Findlay Technology Director Martin White says that in preparing for the years testing, which has started, the school encountered several significant issues.
Audio: Martin White
White said that the company which provided the online testing service didn’t include error reporting because they didn’t want their service to be “reverse engineered” from the back end. White said that it took several months to figure out where the errors were happening and then resolved, whereas with error reporting the issues could have been resolved perhaps in a few hours.
The district-wide technical issues were resolved before testing, but just having them demonstrates a major flaw in the current system. According to administrator Dr. Victoria Swartz technical glitches happen, but when they are compounded by issues outside of the schools control, they can increase frustration and pressure on administrators, teachers, and most of all students.
Audio: Dr. Victoria Swartz
Both Swartz and White noted that this year technical issues have been much better, and will be more so after the districts dark fiber network is built, but for the students that have to take tests multiple times due to technical errors outside of the district’s control, it compounds an already frustrating situation.
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