The computer server crashed in Montana, where students were taking the SBAC Common Core test.

People in Missoula were not happy about it.

“It’s been three years in the making to get kids to test, but network issues have caused a delay.

“It’s frustrating. Testing, in general, is something that does change the instructional day and it changes the environment of what students are doing,” said Director of Technology and Communication with Missoula County Public Schools Hatton Littman.

“Littman said that with an interruption like this, schools have to reorganize the schedule for the day, talk with students and tell parents what happened.

“The preparations for testing don’t come cheap either. Here’s a break down from the state of Montana — just to hire enough math teachers to teach the new curriculum cost over $2 million. The curriculum, textbooks and materials cost another $2 million. Professional development is another $1 million and costs to administer the test itself are around $1 million.

“I think it’s kind of a waste of money in the sense that I think we should trust teachers to teach,” said Missoula resident Erik Kappelman.

“Other residents say there are pros and cons to state testing. It’s good to see what students are learning but with unexpected inturruptions like this, it’s not worth it.

“I’m not sure how I feel about it,” said Missoula resident Siri Wieringa.

“I think we should just test people the old way, with paper and a pencil,” said Clinton resident Kris Ritchart.