St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - State education officials say the technical problems that affected statewide standardized testing on Tuesday were caused by a so-called “Denial of Service” attack.

Officials stress the hackers that made it difficult, if not impossible, for many students to logon and take the online assessments were attempting to disrupt the testing and were not trying to gain access to student data. That problem, and several other technical issues experienced over the past couple weeks prompted the Minnesota Department of Education to temporarily suspend the testing Tuesday.

Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius says the testing will resume Thursday. She says the company has taken corrective actions to address the issues, and assured us that they are “confident that any similar service interruptions will be avoided for the remainder of the MCA testing window.”

Casselius says the department has extended the deadline for school districts to finish the testing by two days because of the technical problems.

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