1 in 3 Mississippi school districts report testing problems

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — About one-third of Mississippi school districts reported problems Friday with the electronic system that students use to take statewide math and English-language arts tests.

Mississippi Department of Education spokeswoman Jean Cook says about 45 districts statewide reported problems to the department.

Cook says students had trouble advancing through the tests online, with the system sometimes freezing up. She says the department has asked vendor Questar Assessment about the problem's cause and what Questar is doing to prevent future problems. Questar is part of New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service.

Mississippi schools have until May 17 to complete state tests. The department says students who couldn't complete tests Friday will get time to finish later.

The department says 84% of all English-language arts and math testing was complete as of Thursday.

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