STAAR test glitch kicks 40,000 Texas students out of test, local districts affected

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - On Tuesday students across Texoma were working hard to complete their STAAR tests, the state exam which they're required to pass to move on to the next grade.

"We administered the English One to our freshman students and a few upperclassmen, and during the day we had a technical glitch," said testing coordinator Michelle Wallis at Sherman High School.

A glitch logged students in 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade out of their tests for 30-45 minutes. There were 200 students testing online at Sherman High.

"It was a statewide glitch throughout Texas," Wallis said. "We have millions of online testers. I'm sure the computer was just overloaded."

Several students in Denison schools were kicked out of the server too. 40,000 total in Texas felt the effects, but no answers were lost.

"They were a little worried, but remained calm," said Sherman High principal Chris Mogan. "We had kids take a break, relax, eat a snack, and gradually students began to resume their test."

Mogan said they sent kids to lunch and then got back on track.

"It took everybody to come together to make sure everyone was calm and patient, and for our students to get through and make sure they got their tests done," he said.

This isn't the first time it's happened. Back in 2016 14,000 tests had to be thrown out due a glitch.

The districts said they're glad it was fixed quickly this time without many issues.

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