As a result of difficulties with the new Smarter Balance testing format, the testing results on the Annual Yearly Progress report of Montana schools were frozen to the 2012-13, which has left local school officials at a loss on their current progress.

“This last year was the first year of the new test,” Sidney Superintendent of Schools Dan Farr said. “Because of so many issues with kids taking tests and the technology side of it, we lost an incredible amount of instructional days to online testing. We haven’t even received those results back, and we’re looking at those not being very useful.”

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