Are students having problems taking the Westest?

April 23, 2014 by Samuel Speciale

As many know, this is the first year the Westest will be delivered completely online.

Sounds like a good idea. West Virginia schools need to embrace technology to be able to compete with schools across the country and world.

But, as can be expected with anything new, there have been some issues with the transition.

Capitol High principal Clinton Giles and John Adams Middle principal John Moyers said some students have had problems logging into the test website. There have also been problems with exceeding network bandwidth and website crashes.

The two principals said these problems were only a factor Monday and have been corrected, and they are prepared to deal with any other glitches.

So, how has this affected students? These tests can be stressful in and of themselves, so I can’t imagine what it’s like to have “will my computer crash in the middle of my test” in the back of my head.

So, I ask parents and students alike, aside from a frustrating start, has the transition been smooth? Are the tests easier to take? Or is it too much too soon?

Feel free to let me know by sending an email to sam.speciale@dailymailwv.com, or commenting on the Daily Mail’s Facebook page.

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