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October 26, 2023

Campus voids digital PSAT scores; Students to reassess

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Isheeta Bajjuri
Coppell High School canceled the Oct. 5 PSAT due to technology issues during testing. CHS Principal Laura Springer announced sophomores will retake the PSAT on Oct. 24 and juniors will retake on Oct. 25.

The digital PSAT was administered to sophomores and juniors at Coppell High School on Oct. 5. Less than an hour before test takers were set to finish the exam, all tests were voided due to pervasive technology issues. 

According to associate principal Zane Porter, the culprit was found to be the Bluebook application, which crashed for a great number of students, prohibiting them from completing their test. 

Initially, the main problem was that the Wi-Fi and bandwidth in our gymnasiums was not strong enough to take on the Bluebook application,” Porter said. “We then realized, once students with Wi-Fi issues moved to different rooms across the building, that the application itself was crashing. The servers from College Board couldn’t handle all the tests that were being taken on that day.”

CHS junior Yashitha Chunduru tested in the Small Gym and returned from break after the reading section to find that her Bluebook application would crash each time she attempted to type an answer. 

“It was quite stressful,” Chunduru said. “I didn’t think there would be a redo, so I was scared when it kept kicking me out.”

Chunduru joined the lengthy line of students waiting for solutions to their technology problems at the library.  

“The line stretched all the way to the D Hall stairs,” Chunduru said. “I could tell I wasn’t alone in my technology issues, which made me feel better. I knew that in the worst case, I would be able to reassess.”

Test retakes are Oct. 24 and 25, the former for sophomores and latter for juniors. Results from the juniors’s tests will be considered for National Merit scholarship opportunities. 

“We are going to have separate days for sophomores and juniors to test,” CHS assistant principal Sorelle Kimball said. “This way, there are less numbers of students testing at a time. This gives us a chance to figure out what’s working and work out all needed changes with a smaller group of students.”

In addition to not having students test in the gymnasiums, Coppell ISD plans to improve technology through funds collected from their latest bond to make testing more efficient in the long run.

“In the bond we just passed, we have an upgrade to our Wi-Fi, specifically in our gymnasiums, so that we can test there,” Porter said. “At some points, all of our tests are going to go digital and we’re going to need an expanded bandwidth. In our bond, we also have new iPads and devices coming soon that are able to be more efficient in the way they use the bandwidth.”

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Nrithya Mahesh, Staff Designer

Nrithya Mahesh is a captivating junior in her second year of The Sidekick with a focus in design. 

With a passion for mystery novels and art, especially realistic drawings and cartoons, Nrithya finds joy in many creative pursuits. Living in Valley Ranch, she has been a student under Coppell ISD since first-grade. As a lover of all things artistic, Nrithya likes chill music and has a love for singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift.

During her time in quarantine she began perfecting her nail art skills, getting exceptionally good at it until it was time to go back to school. She also enjoys the visual delight of webtoons and deeply enjoys the artistry of them. 

Nrithya enjoys watching TV shows such as "Modern Family" and "Arthur," even writing an opinion piece on how PBS Kids is much better than the other cartoon show networks. Nrithya's admiration for The Sidekick, comes from her love to do what she likes - from crafting cartoons, designing, writing and so much more. You can contact her [email protected].

Isheeta Bajjuri, Staff Photographer
Isheeta Bajjuri is a sophomore at Coppell High School. She is a photographer for The Sidekick, Coppell High School’s newspaper, which she joined due to her interest in photography. Isheeta became interested in photography when she realized the joy that taking photos brought her. However, her passion for photography became visible in the sunset pictures she took. Now, her favorite class in school is Art II Photography. In her free time, Isheeta likes to cook; her favorite thing to cook is also her favorite food: pasta. Aside from cooking, she also enjoys baking with her friends or even her mom. Her favorite things to bake are cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, and cupcakes. She also likes to paint with different mediums, and she has been doing art since she was 4 years old! Isheeta loves to paint scenery because it is the most fun subject to paint. Isheeta enjoys having dinner, hanging out and shopping  with her friends. She enjoys listening to music, and her favorite artist is SZA. She has an older brother in college. Since we’re on the topic of college, she wants to go to UT or somewhere outside of Texas, where she wants to study to become either a lawyer, a realtor or a pediatrician. She does not have any pets, but she has always wanted an Australian Shepherd. You can contact Isheeta @ [email protected]  

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