Standardised Tests Plagued by Technical Difficulties

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Technical difficulties affected standardised Icelandic testing in several schools in the country today. While the ninth-grade examinations went well for some, others could not log in to the online system or lost connection during the examination. At least ten schools have decided to postpone the testing as a result. This is the second time technical difficulties plague the test: in 2018, the system crashed entirely and the tests also had to be postponed.

“It is inadmissible that students who take exams at this age cannot complete them without hurdles,” Arnór Guðmundsson, Director of the Directorate of Education, told Fréttablaðið. Arnór says the problem lies with the US-based examination software, the same one used for the 2018 tests, which also faced technical difficulties. He adds that the incident is particularly frustrating as tests had been conducted to ensure the system could handle many more students at once than were expected to take the test.

The purpose of standardised examinations is to provide parents, teachers, and students with information about each students’ academic status. Despite today’s technical difficulties, the Directorate of Education says it will continue to work to provide students with feedback through standardised assessment.