• No issues with FCAT testing site after glitch corrected


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida school districts resumed Florida Comprebensive Assessment Tests on Wednesday after a computer glitch prevented thousands of students from taking the state's standardized assessment earlier this week.
    The Department of Education worked with testing contractor Pearson throughout the night into Wednesday morning to resolve the issue. The department said Pearson corrected a problem causing Internet service disruptions and is working with another provider to minimize any further delays.

    No problems were reported Wednesday.

    Twenty-six Florida school districts reported problems Monday as students went to take the computer-based version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

    Some students were unable to log on, while others received an error message after completing the test.

    Seminole County was affected by the glitch, but officials there said students will make up the test on Friday. 

    "Obviously it's frustrating for kids and teachers and staff alike," said Michael Lawrence of Seminole County Schools. "They were prepared to take exams so there is a little frustration built up not being able to do that and have to deal with delay."

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    Flagler and Volusia counties reported minor issues that affected a handful of students. Osceola County had no issues.

    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.

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