CLOVER, S.C. -- Newly released numbers from the South Carolina Department of Education show just how widespread technical glitches in the ACT impacted students.

Back in May, students at several school districts experienced technical problems when taking the college readiness exam online.

In Clover, questions took as long as 10 to 15 seconds just to load on students' computers. The South Carolina Department of Education announced 96 percent of school districts using the online test reported similar problems.

State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman blamed those problems for resulting in extremely low readiness rates.

Of all South Carolina students who took the ACT, only 38 percent were college ready in English; 26 percent in reading; and just 17 percent in math.

The Clover School District said students will be taking next year's ACT with pencil and paper.

A spokesperson for the testing agency blamed the technical glitches on an Amazon web service outage, saying it was '' unfortunate situation over which ACT had no control.''