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School districts around the state were forced to change their standardized testing schedules because of a system malfunction. Ohio’s testing vendor, AIR, told the state that students were not able to log-in and access their tests. One lawmaker says this is an example of a bigger issue he’s concerned about.

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Hundreds of students in Akron were among those prevented from beginning a state-required exam Wednesday due to a computer glitch that impacted testing statewide. 

Testing resumed Thursday after a bug in the testing vendor’s system prevented students from logging in to their English Language Arts exams Wednesday.

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Education says ODE was notified Wednesday morning by the American Institutes for Research, of a problem with its log in system.

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Ohio lawmakers are debating whether schools should completely phase out state tests taken with paper and pencil in favor of online testing only.  The end of the school year marks a new age for state testing.

Starting next year, taking the standardized tests on computers will be the only option unless the district makes a special request because of a certain need.

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High schools around the state are facing a crucial dilemma as about a third of their students are not on track to graduate. That’s based on the new graduation standards that begin with the class of 2018.

Leaders are scrambling to find a way to remedy the approaching crisis.

The meeting of the State Board of Education in Columbus this week was not our typical monthly meeting. This time, the futures of thousands of students were potentially on the line, as board members debated what to do with Ohio’s high-school graduation requirements.

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The Class of 2018 in Ohio’s high schools will be the first to choose their route to graduation – pass some state tests, take a college entrance exam or earn an industry credential.

But new numbers show as much as a third of those students won’t be able to get their diplomas when those new graduation standards take effect next year. That has the state’s education leaders scrambling to make changes.