After weeks of problems with the new state assessments, Kansas schools are resuming the testing process.

"Parents want to know how their child did on that test," said Assistant Superintendent of the Haysville Public Schools Teresa Tosh. "This year may be the year that we may not know how they did on the test."

Some schools may not even finish testing before the end of the school year.

What your kids are doing in school this month depends on the district.

In Maize and Garden City, they've been in the classroom the last few weeks not taking state assessments. That changes on monday when both districts plan to resume testing after the state fixed many of the problems in the new assessments.

In an email to parents, the Maize Schools said, "We also do not expect to be able to complete all tests in the time that is remaining."

Other districts didn't take a break from testing, pushing through despite difficulties.

"We are in the middle of state testing," said Tosh about the Haysville Schools. "Every building's at a different point. Our plan is to be finished by the end of April."
Haysville Schools saw the same problems with the state tests.

"We did have a situation a couple times where kids got kicked out roughly 10 times out of that system," said Tosh. "We've also had kids where the questions will be blank. They'll have a passage, possibly, and the questions won't be there."

The district expects to finish by the end of the month after adopting a slow and steady mentality about testing.

"We decided if you're kicked out more than twice, go back to the classroom and teach. That's where kids need to be. And then we'll try again tomorrow."

In Salina, the schools postponed state testing for two weeks, resuming just this week.
"finally, now, it is working for the most part, like 90% of the time it's working very well," said Gabrielle Leite, District Coordinator of Student Assessment. "Some buildings will be done next week."

Leite said the big problem was with the math tests. The district has two different ways of accessing the state assessments. One way would mess up any math question with fractions. Instead of 3/4ths, they'd get a three, a few spaces, and a four. The other way, the fraction would be written correctly but there'd be no questions.

"Some buildings are writing questions on the board so they know what they're seeing," said Leite.

Salina has had so many questions about the state assessments from parents, it's letting parents take a practice test so they have an idea of what their kids are seeing.

Goddard School spokeswoman Annette Singletary said test administrators there are also seeing missing items on test and the audio portions of some tests aren't working.

"Probably not every school will finish," she said. "We're doing the best we can with what we they have available. This is a good learning year for everyone."

"We are in progress. Very few have completed the test," said Susan Arensman, spokeswoman for the Wichita Public Schools in an email. "We have had just a few test (maybe a class, maybe a few students, depend(ing) on the school) to see if the system worked. Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn't, but we continue to try."

No matter how a district decided to handle the problems, the ones Eyewitness News talked with say they're trying to do their best for the kids.

"We're trying our very best to match the needs of the kids to what's going on in that testing system. And making sure that really at the end of the day the child is most successful," said Tosh.