In Oklahoma, HumRRO found potential impact only among one sliver of test-takers: seventh- and eighth-graders taking the Algebra I test. The State Board of Education responded by voting not to count the scores of any student who took a state core curriculum test during the disruptions and scored “unsatisfactory” or “limited knowledge.” That may have been overkill, but it ensured no students, teachers or schools will be penalized for a lower score possibly tied to testing disruption.
We don't discount the aggravation factor created by testing disruptions. We hope this problem won't be repeated. But Oklahoma teenagers face far greater hassles when seeking a driver's license test. If kids can survive that ordeal, there was never much reason to think they couldn't adapt when facing short-term computer crashes at school.