Officials with the Sioux Falls School District say the Smarter Balanced Assessment testing this spring, ‘worked more smoothly than anticipated,’ but there were still several issues reported.
The SBA testing is part of the new Common Core standards being implemented across the country in Math and English Language Arts.
Issues detailed in a report released by the Sioux Falls School District ahead of Monday’s school board meeting included a one week delay in testing because of ‘SBA issues’, 155 Chromebooks that did not properly function during the testing, and students across all grade levels who struggled to proficiently type their answers during the online testing.
Students also reported the system crashing during some questions as the ‘cursor kept spinning.’ The problem was fixed by having the students log out and log back into the test again.
The report also says that a dozen families did not want their students to take the test because of personal beliefs, but the school district required those students to take the test because of state law.
This was the first time students in Sioux Falls had taken the tests so the results will not be tallied. The testing this spring was meant to identify issues as the district prepares to fully implement the SBA testing next school year.
We will have more details of the report and talk with school district officials coming up tonight on KELOLAND News.