ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ State education officials are awaiting a report expected in July on whether repeated computer problems hurt student scores this spring as they took the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1NtA5aE ) reports that it’s unlikely the scores will be set aside, but some districts may not use them in teacher evaluations.
An education official says that federal law requires states to report test scores to the U.S. Department of Education. He says Minnesota would face financial penalties if it doesn’t comply.
The Human Resources Research Organization is conducting the study for the state Department of Education. The organization concluded in 2013 that similar computer problems with online tests didn’t have a significant impact on students’ test results.
The new analysis was ordered in the education and policy bill passed earlier this month.