ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota $38 million contract with a vendor to run its online proficiency testing system is encountering glitches that have school officials worried ahead of the spring testing season.

Reports say that during recent practice testing, school officials across Minnesota found that the online portal that Pearson uses to administer tests was outdated.

Many were shocked when Pearson suggested schools run computers online in what they consider an "unsecure" mode.

One problem involves incompatibility between Apple computers and Pearson's system.

Education officials say they're working with Pearson to resolve any problems ahead of the spring testing season.

Pearson says the company already has developed alternatives for schools and is in routine contact with them to address problems that come up.