In Kentucky, high school students are now being forced to use papers and pencils to take all of their final exams.
The surprise switch from online testing to paper and pencil testing came on Saturday. School officials from Henderson County High School were told that the online testing company they were using, ACT Incorporated, had suspended its services because of technical issues.
Henderson County High School, which had two online finals scheduled for the end of this week, is making other arrangements. The online finals have been postponed but school officials have not determined when they are going to be rescheduled. They are waiting for the paper testing booklets from ACT Incorporated to arrive in the mail.
Jinger Carter, the Director of Accountability and Assessment for the Henderson County Board of Education, feels that maximizing the students' comfort is the main objective.
"Our biggest concern," said Carter, "is not to disrupt the students' schedules. We do not want to interrupt the other AP tests because the AP has a very set and defined schedule. We are working around the AP exams as well as the existing final exam schedule. None of those will be altered."
Carter is currently trying to resolve the logistical problems that have surfaced as a result of this testing change.
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