AMP Testing Is Canceled Permanently

AMP Testing is Canceled Permanently
Posted on 04/02/2016
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The State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development issued a press release on April 1, 2016 stating the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) and other computer-based tests are canceled for this school year. The AMP online tests, which are assessments in English language Arts, mathematics, science, and alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities has experienced connectivity problems that has interrupted testing.

Dr. Susan McCauley, Interim Commissioner of DEED stated, “I am not willing to keep Alaska’s schools in this state of uncertainty given that we do not know if or when we can resume testing successfully. We cannot allow students’ learning to continue to be disrupted. Teachers need to know how to prepare their lessons for the week ahead. Superintendents and principals need to know how to arrange their schools’ schedules and staffing.”

Computer-based testing in Alaska was interrupted Tuesday when a construction worker accidentally severed a fiber optic cable at the University of Kansas. The university houses the state’s testing vendor, the Achievement & Assessment Institute. Severing the cable cut the online connection between Alaska’s test-takers and the vendor. When testing resumed on Thursday, Alaska schools experienced interruptions in the connection, and they reported that some students’ answers had been lost.

This was to be the last year for the Alaska Measures of Progress. The department will request proposals for a new test to begin in spring 2017.

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