Some students in the Navasota Independent School District and all over Texas were a little more stressed out than usual recently while taking the State Assessment of Academic Readiness, also known as STAAR, tests.
While stress is normal when dealing with the computerized exam, nisd’s testing and accountability director says being locked out of your test before you can finish, isn’t.
The District’s Libby Baily tells Navasota News eight local students were blocked from completing their STAAR tests and had all their answers completely disappear.
Baily reports that some students were able to get back into the testing system, but then they had to rush through the rest of the timed examinations.
For the students who were completely blocked out, she continues, the Texas Education Agency will not count their scores against the students or the district.
And while that’s all well-and-good she continues, what has her worried are the students who could get back in. These students had to rush through the exams and probably didn’t do as well as they would have under normal circumstances.
Baily says she is one of many educators around the state who are currently waiting on a decision from the T.E.A. about what to do with the rushed students. But at least for the kids, she continues, it’s over. These tests won’t have any effect if they move on to the next grade, and won’t be considered by places of higher education.