FCAT testing resumes after technical glitch - FOX 35 News Orlando

FCAT testing resumes after technical glitch

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Florida school districts resumed testing on Wednesday after a computer glitch prevented thousands of students from taking the state's standardized assessment exam.

The Department of Education reports working with testing contractor Pearson to resolve the issue. The department says Pearson corrected a problem causing Internet service disruptions and is working with another provider to minimize any further delays.

Twenty-six Florida school districts reported problems Monday as students went to take the computer-based version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. Some students were unable to log on, while others received an error message after completing the test.

Nearly 9,000 students in Seminole County, and 12,000 in Orange County couldn't take their online portion of their FCAT tests on Tuesday.

"The computer-based exams we had scheduled yesterday were sixth grade math, and seventh and tenth grade reading," said Seminole County School Spokesman Michael Lawrence.

Lawrence said Pearson made sure there was a back-up server and provider in place on Wednesday.  By the afternoon, things appeared to be a little better.

"On some ends, there's a little bit of a user sluggishness, because we have several schools testing at the same time," said Lawrence.  "So there are times where they have to re-log in, but otherwise it's smooth sailing."

Lawrence added that students will be able to make up the online tests they missed on Friday.

The state's largest teachers union and others said the glitch should raise concerns about whether the state is ready to transition to a new test as scheduled in 2015.

Some information taken from the Associated Press.

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