More than 6,600 Fairfax County students had their statewide Standards of Learning standardized tests rescheduled after an Internet outage on Thursday.
The outage affected roughly 42,000 exams, according to Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman John Torre. About a third -- 59 -- of the system's 196 schools were affected.
In addition to the students whose exams were rescheduled, another 4,126 students' tests were delayed to later on Thursday, Torre said.
|Bryant Alternative Learning Center (High School)|
|Montrose Alternative Learning Center (Grades 7 and 8)|
|Bonnie Brae Elementary School|
|Bush Hill Elementary School|
|Crossfield Elementary School|
|Cub Run Elementary School|
|Eagle View Elementary School|
|Fort Belvoir Elementary School|
|Hollin Meadows Elementary School|
|Kings Park Elementary School|
|Laurel Ridge Elementary School|
|Mantua Elementary School|
|Marshall Road Elementary School|
|Mosby Woods Elementary School|
|Newington Forest Elementary School|
|North Springfield Elementary School|
|Oak Hill Elementary School|
|Oak View Elementary School|
|Olde Creek Elementary School|
|Orange Hunt Elementary School|
|Providence Elementary School|
|Ravenworth Elementary School|
|Rose Hill Elementary School|
|Shrevewood Elementary School|
|Silverbrook Elementary School|
|Sunrise Valley Elementary School|
|Terra Centre Elementary School|
|Timber Lane Elementary School|
|Waples Mill Elementary School|
|Waynewood Elementary School|
|West Springfield Elementary School|
|Willow Springs Elementary School|
|Wolftrap Elementary School|
|Fairfax County Adult High School|
|Falls Church High School|
|Herndon High School|
|Langley High School|
|Lee High School|
|Madison High School|
|McLean High School|
|Mount Vernon High School|
|Mountain View High School|
|South Lakes High School|
|Stuart High School|
|Thomas Jefferson High School|
|West Potomac High School|
|West Springfield High School|
|Westfield High School|
|Carson Middle School|
|Glasgow Middle School|
|Hughes Middle School|
|Irving Middle School|
|Rocky Run Middle School|
|South County Middle School|
|Thoreau Middle School|
|Twain Middle School|
|Hayfield Secondary School|
|Lake Braddock Secondary School|
|Robinson Secondary School|
However, no students will have to retake tests they completed, and no students were stopped in the middle of a test, according to Charles Pyle, spokesman at the Virginia Department of Education, which oversees the SOL exams.
The tests are administered every year between May 13 and June 7. Students in grades three through eight take math and reading; students in grades three, five and eight take science; students in grades three and five through eight take history; and high school students take SOL exams in math, English, science and history.
Though this year was the first year that elementary school tests were taken online, high school and middle school tests were required to be taken online last year and have for the most part been taken online for several years.
This is the first time an Internet outage has disrupted this many Fairfax County tests, Torre said.
Statewide, there have been Internet and power outages during SOL exams in previous years, Pyle said. However, paper test administrations also have their share of problems.
One year, paper answer sheets were shipped to the test vendor to be scored and fell off a conveyor belt in the shipping facility. All of the students whose answer sheets were lost had to retake their exams.
Online testing also eliminates the security risks that other states have had, Pyle said. In the District, for example, teachers were discovered changing students' wrong answers to right answers after testing was over.
"Those sorts of things are eliminated with online testing," Pyle said.