Alaska officials looking to escape penalties for cancelling student assesments

    Educators tried subsequent attempts at administering the computer-based Alaska Measures of Progress following a damaged cable shutting students out of a test they'd already started taking, but officials ultimately canceled the assessment over concerns with the validity of the results.

    Alaska education officials are looking to escape federal penalties for failing to meeting standardized testing requirements after cancelling statewide student assessments in April due to technical disruptions.

    Officials are working on a waiver request to send to the U.S. Department of Education.

    Students had started taking the computer-based Alaska Measures of Progress test in April when a fiber optic cable was severed at the University of Kansas, where the test is managed. Educators tried subsequent attempts at administering the test, but officials ultimately canceled the assessment, citing concerns with the validity of the results.

    This was the second and final year students faced the AMP test, which state Department of Education officials decided this year wasn't the best measurement of success.

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