Student Suffers Hand Burns from Malfunctioning Laptop During MCAS Exam

A student suffered hand burns from a malfunctioning Acer laptop during a standardized test, prompting the school to receive 450 replacement computers and an extension to complete the exams, raising concerns about technology safety in high-stakes testing.

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Student Suffers Hand Burns from Malfunctioning Laptop During MCAS Exam

Student Suffers Hand Burns from Malfunctioning Laptop During MCAS Exam

A student at Whitin Intermediate School in Uxbridge, Massachusetts suffered hand burns from a malfunctioning Acer laptop during the MCAS exam earlier this month. The incident prompted the school to receive 450 replacement computers from Acer and the Department of Education granted an extension for the school to complete the MCAS exams by May 2, 2024.

According to school officials, the laptop began smoking and sparking during the standardized test, causing burns to the student's hands. The student was treated for their injuries. State police are currently investigating the incident to determine the cause of the laptop malfunction.

Why this matters: The incident raises concerns about the safety and reliability of technology used during high-stakes standardized testing. It also highlights the importance of schools having contingency plans in place to deal with unexpected technical issues that can disrupt the exam process.

Following the incident, Whitin Intermediate School worked with Acer to replace the faulty laptops with 450 new computers. Acer called the malfunction an "isolated incident" in a statement. The Massachusetts Department of Education also granted the school an extension to complete the MCAS exams by May 2, 2024 to allow time for the laptop replacements and to ensure students can take the test under proper conditions.

The school is taking steps to prevent future incidents and ensure student safety. "The well-being of our students is always our top priority," said a school spokesperson. "We are working closely with the authorities and Acer to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again." The investigation into the cause of the laptop malfunction is ongoing. Officials said more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Key Takeaways

  • Student suffered hand burns from malfunctioning Acer laptop during MCAS exam.
  • School received 450 replacement computers from Acer and got exam extension.
  • Incident raises concerns about safety and reliability of tech used in testing.
  • Acer called malfunction an "isolated incident"; investigation is ongoing.
  • School prioritizing student safety, working with authorities and Acer.