Computer problems interfere with New York student testing

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say computer problems led to delays for an unknown number of students who've been taking New York's statewide English language arts assessment this week.

The problems happened Wednesday at some of the 263 districts giving the test by computer.

Education Department spokeswoman Emily DeSantis says the problem originated with test vendor Questor Assessment Inc. The state should know later Thursday how many students were affected.

Districts experiencing problems were told to postpone testing until later Wednesday or another day.

Minnesota-based Questar didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nearly 1 million New York students in grades three through eight are eligible for the annual ELA assessment, as well as math testing scheduled for next month. The state began transitioning from paper- to computer-based testing in 2016.

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