Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment testing (MCA) will resume in schools on Friday, after their online system was hacked yet again earlier this week.On Wednesday, Pearson Inc. experienced another distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on their servers. Pearson has implemented new filtering parameters to stop this sort of traffic as well as additional security measures to act immediately on any abnormal traffic problems.
The Department of Education suspended Pearson's system because they felt as though the company can not operate smoothly. In a statement on Wednesday, Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius came out with a statement, "Given the need to suspend testing today, I have questions about Pearson's ability to follow through on their assurances," Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius said on Wednesday.
Pearson then released a statement, "These disruptions are absolutely unacceptable. Cyberattacks of this nature are, unfortunately, a reality of the world we live in. However, we expected the proper security measures to be in place to anticipate and deal with this reality."
The testing was being disrupted by an outside source -- this is the second time this school year that this has happened. The first was back in April, when the online site received so much traffic that it locked out the students while taking their tests.
The Senate is currently reviewing a proposal that would limit the number of hours students can spend on standardized tests. And the Department of Education is working on a petition to refund the money spent on Pearson tests due to the delays and glitches.
MCA testing will resume again on Friday.