Kansas to withhold student test data

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal education officials have granted a request from Kansas to not release test results that experts say are invalid due to technical problems and cyberattacks that plagued the state's computer-based exams.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1pitylL ) that decision means parents, teachers and school administrators won't be able to see how specific students, schools or school districts performed in mathematics and reading. Only generalized information about how Kansas students did on certain test items will be released.

"There were so many problems this year," Kansas State Board of Education chairwoman Jana Shaver said. "It was just not feasible or fair in my opinion to release (the) data."

Kansas students take computer-based state math and reading tests in grades three through eight and once in high school. A federal requirement that typically makes the results public allows parents to receive their children's scores. The public can also view overall scores for specific schools, districts or states.

Experts at the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas department that administers the state math and reading tests said the problems caused by technical glitches or cyberattacks affected up to one-third of this year's math tests and two-thirds of the English tests. That meant there isn't enough data to calculate reliable statewide scores.

The Kansas State Department of Education therefore sought permission from the U.S. Department of Education not to publish the results.

Instead, the state will make public a few of the test questions that were used at each grade level for each subject, and how students performed in answering those items.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast