BY ERIKA NORTONFRANKLIN — Students at schools across New Jersey stared at blank screens on April 20 due to a technical error during the state PARCC exams, causing many schools to postpone testing. Pearson, the company that creates the tests administered via computers, has taken the blame for the log-in issues, citing “a technical glitch introduced by a Pearson employee — not a problem with server capacity or the student testing system.”“Pearson is truly sorry for an issue this morning that caused a disruption for New Jersey families and their students and resulted in the cancellation of PARCC testing today in many school districts,” said Pearson Vice President of Media and Communities Laura Howe. “We know that students and teachers have put in a tremendous amount of work to master the high academic standards set forth in New Jersey, and they deserve a smooth testing experience.”By 5 p.m. on April 20, Pearson had assured the New Jersey Department of Education that their error had been resolved, according to NJDOE Press Secretary David Saenz Jr., and that schools could test the following day with confidence. Before the issue that Wednesday, PARCC had been administered for two and half weeks with no major issues, Saenz Jr. said, and since those issues on that one day, PARCC has gone smoothly with no other issues he is aware of.In light of these testing delays, the NJDOE has offered additional time as needed to school districts, according to Stanhope Superintendent Timothy Nicinski. A district simply needs to contact the state to coordinate the extended time window through Pearson, he said.