The Kansas City Star reports that a DDoS attack on the Kansas Interactive Testing Engine (KITE), Kansas' new online student testing system, forced the state to shut the system down earlier this week.

Ed Streich, chief academic officer for the Shawnee Mission School District, told the Star that 30 schools in the district were trying to run tests when the system went down. "If students were already logged on, their screens went blank," he said. "Others were getting error messages."

The attacks began on March 27, 2014. While the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation thought the attacks had been blocked as of March 31, they resumed on April 1, 2014.


"It was coming from so many places, it was like whack-a-mole," Center co-director Marianne Perie told the Star.

Perie said nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks. "We don't know if it was two bored teenagers or an anti-testing attack," she said. "We have no information."

And yesterday morning, Perie tweeted, "Kansas students back to testing. #KITE recovered from DDoS. Feedback from districts: Students are engaged! KS schools are resilient!"

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