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Kansas Students Try To ‘Break’ State Testing System

Tens of thousands of Kansas students logged on to state mathematics and reading tests Tuesday in a coordinated effort to push Kansas’ online testing system to its technical limits and uncover any problems.

Marianne Perie, director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at The University of Kansas, which designs and administers Kansas’ state math and reading tests, said the exercise Tuesday revealed a caching problem that nearly brought KITE — the Kansas Interactive Testing Engine — to a halt in the morning.

“It was great to find that out,” Perie said.

Staff at the testing center were able to fix the issue within a few hours.