Obamacare IT glitches foreshadow Common Core testing?

According to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal,

President Obama is bracing Americans for inevitable problems as the Affordable Care Act rolls out this week, but what he calls “glitches” are hardly routine. Information technology is ObamaCare’s Achilles’ heel. The faulty IT will expose Americans to lost data, attempts to enroll online that fail and the risk of fraud.

Authors Scott Gottlieb and Michael Astrue do not mention the Common Core State Standards in their op-ed, but it is easy to imagine that the massive Common Core testing enterprise – an online assessment system initially funded by the federal government but ultimately carried out by states and school districts – will encounter similar difficulties.  Whether it is folks trying to access an insurance exchange or schoolchildren completing a test, most networks cannot handle concentrated online traffic.

Perhaps faulty IT will be Common Core’s Achilles’ heel.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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