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Students ignore UEN error

Last week, a computer glitch through a Utah Education Network hosted program allowed students in college and high school to briefly access teacher controls to their accounts, resulting in several students taking the opportunity to change their grades. But not in Park City.

According to Park City School District Superintendent Ray Timothy, only one Park City student accessed the teacher option and appeared to immediately log off once the student realized they were in another part of the program they were not typically allowed access to.

The glitch followed a software update to the program and granted students who had been signed in an hour before the update access to teachers’ grades.

"For some reason, if a student logged off an hour before and logged back in, the glitch in software gave them access to their grades," Timothy said. " most immediately clicked out."

Of the 278 students who accidentally gained access that would allow them to change their grades, only 39 grade changes were found. Most students logged off right away.

"In most cases, I believe the students were confused," said Devin Knighton, the public relations director of Instructure, the company preforming the upgrades for UEN. "They were not intentionally trying to bump scores."

Aside from Utah colleges and universities, only three public school districts in the state use the program: Park City School District, Granite School District and Canyons School District. One student in each district briefly logged on, but there were no reports that a high school student had attempted to change their grade.

"These three students logged out immediately," Timothy said, "so I haven’t bothered to look into which student had the access it was very honorable to log out once they realized where they were."


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