High school students across the state are taking the STAAR exams this week, and school officials said they’re watching to make sure there are no glitches like earlier this year.
There were a handful of problems when students took the test in March, from late or wrong braille test deliveries to thousands of students' answers deleted while taking the test online.
A spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency said even though the glitches were frustrating, the testing provider was able to recover most students deleted answers. She added districts can decide if they'll give the test online or as a paper copy.
A Round Rock ISD spokesman said they're strongly encouraging students to take the paper copy of the standardized test to prevent glitches this time.
When the problems happened in March, 2.3 million students took the test. Of those, 204,000 (8.9 percent) took it online, and 14,000 (6.9 percent of online tests, 0.6 percent of all tests) experienced glitches.
Austin ISD said 367 of their students were affected. Around 100 students had glitches in Leander ISD, but a district spokeswoman said they were able to resubmit their answers. Only one student had problems in Taylor, but the district said the technology department is keeping a close eye on the testing this round.
Clay Robison, spokesman for the Texas State Teachers Association, said they think there should be less emphasis on the test altogether.
"There is too much standardized testing, it interferes with the teacher's time to do some real teaching, to teach kids how to learn, to teach them critically learning skills," said Robison.
He said these glitches confirm their thoughts on the test.
"It is largely a waste of time and a waste of money," said Robison.
As of now, the students hope their time is well spent by answering the test questions correctly.
We reached out to the New Jersey-based Educational Testing Services, who provides the tests for Texas Schools, for comment. KVUE has not heard back as of 6 p.m. Monday.