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Common Core Glitch Might Mean Future Lawsuit

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UPDATE: While Montana, Nevada and even North Dakota experienced computer glitches while trying to give students the smarter balanced assessment, the state says legal action won't come right now.
     
The Bozeman School District was one hit pretty hard by the common core testing glitches.
    
It only tested about 32 percent of students, where the state requires scores for at least 95 percent.
     
While the superintendent of the Bozeman school district says there are no immediate financial burdens from incomplete testing, it doesn't mean there won’t be.

"As far as we know there are no financial implications at this time. Now when the test scores get released and the federal government makes a decision on what they are going to do for particular schools that didn't meet the 95 percent participation rate, then we could be talking about financial implications but we just don't know yet," said Rob Watson, Bozeman Public Schools Superintendent. 
     
The Montana office of public instruction says it's not ignoring the testing company's issues.

“As of today Montana has not entered into negotiations or taken legal action against measured progress, which is our smarter balanced assessment vendor. However I will say that the office of public instruction is withholding payment from measured progress until our test results have been delivered," said Emilie Ritter Saunders, with the Office of Public Instruction.
     
The Bozeman school district made the choice to cut-back testing last spring when the glitches began causing delays.
     
The school district says it's doing its best not to repeat the past.

"That's what we hope to do this coming spring, would be, you know hope for no glitches at all and test 100 percent of the students that are eligible to be tested," said Rob Watson.     
     
The state does not yet have a date for when the test scores will be released.
     
The smarter balanced assessment is given only to third through eighth graders and also high school juniors. 
     
Last year the Bozeman school district was able to test some students in every grade except for 11th.
 

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