Technology Problems Plague NeSA Testing

NORFOLK - Problems with technology continue to plague the Nebraska Department of Education’s statewide testing system, commonly called NeSA.  At this week’s meeting of the Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education, Director of Teaching and Learning Beth Nelson reported that Norfolk students had some problems during the writing portion of the test.  Nelson says the Department of Education decided not to use the writing test as a determining factor for Adequate Yearly Progress this year. Scores will still be posted for districts.  Nelson says there were also some problems during the reading, math and science testing windows. She says no answers were lost, but the problem with the state software does create anxiety for students and teachers.