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District 308 PARCC Testing Delayed by Technical Difficulties

Mar 02, 2015 03:53PM ● By Steven Jack

The first day of the new state-mandated testing known as PARCC did not go quite as planned in School District 308.

According to information on the district website, students who were to take part in Monday’s online testing were unable to because of security setting differences between the live and trial sites. Students in grades five and up were to begin taking the test online Monday.

“In all of District 308's infrastructure trials conducted in January and February, practice testing was successful,” the district said. “Based on guidance from PARCC, these successful trials were an indication that all infrastructure systems were ready for Monday's live testing event. This was not the case.”

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is the new state test for Illinois students enrolled in public schools. PARCC tests the Illinois Learning Standards that incorporate the Common Core. The test assesses English Language Arts and mathematics.

The district has contacted PARCC and the Illinois State Board of Education to find out what caused the error and how it may be fixed. Reports from outside the district indicate sporadic issues across the state. 

“As adjustments are being made today, we are conducting a number of live site test sessions to ensure they run successfully,” the district said.

Computer-based testing will resume when live trials have verified the issues to be rectified, the district said.

For third- and fourth-grade students using paper test booklets, those have arrived on time and have been distributed to the buildings. PARCC testing will take place throughout the district over the next two weeks.