UPDATE: Apparently there was a major disruption of computer-based testing in many schools today. No hard figures yet, but schools are being told by NYSED that they can reschedule the test on another day if they like. Between the fact that New York students did significantly worse last year on computer-based tests than paper tests, the recent Questar breach of personal data from students who took the exams on computers, and this year's serious screw-up, the Regents should immediately suspend the use of computer-based exams. The state tests are frustrating and stressful enough for children without adding this sort of disruption to their experience.
Many teachers and parents reported that the ELA exams were too long, too difficult and too stressful -- with many kids working all day on the exams - up to 4-6 hours without a break. For more check out the comments below.
How were the exams today? Teachers, students and parents: please put your comments below about how the testing is going at your school.
From an upstate 8th grade teacher yesterday:
The 10 pages of Computer based testing assessment instructions took 30 minutes between reading and helping kids log on....at the end of the instructions, one student pushed his computer away and said I am done- I am opting out.