Kansas schools administrating tests again after cyber-attack

OLATHE, Kan. - Kansas schools are trying to recover Wednesday after an online student testing system was attacked.

A cyber-attack overloaded and crashed the Kansas Interactive Testing Engine on Tuesday.

It forced educators to postpone reading and math tests.

But by Wednesday afternoon, the state was able to add extra security to their servers and get the website back up and running.

Clearwater Creek Elementary School in Olathe was among the first schools handpicked by the state to try the new fixes Wednesday.

"We knew going into this that anytime you start a new testing engine we're going to have some issues I think people have approached it really positively," Dr. Alison Banikowski, Deputy Superintendent of the Olathe school district, said.

This year's state assessments are designed by the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation.

They are part of new type of test that reflects common core state standards, and are a trial run.

"It gives a glimpse into this new test and an opportunity to prepare for the future," Banikowski said.

The state assures parents and students that no personal information was comprised during the cyber-attack and is grateful for educators who are dealing with the technical difficulties.

“We are so thankful and proud of all of our districts who have continued to forage ahead,” Denise Kahler, a spokesperson with Kansas State Department of Education, said.

Individual schools will be responsible to reschedule an exam date for students who couldn't take the tests because of the cyber-attack. 

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