Computer glitch delays district FCAT testing

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Melissa Ramsey didn’t need a memo from the Florida Department of Education last Tuesday to know something was wrong.

On a day of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) online testing, students and teachers were left without a connection.

The district’s IT folks dove in and performed troubleshooting, but before 8 a.m. ET it was clear that testing was not going to off as planned.

Ramsey, the district’s supervisor for testing, called it a day and instructed teachers to send their students back to class.

Before students even arrived for school in Wewahitchka, Ramsey had notified the schools on the north end that testing would take place that day.

“We called and told them not to even try,” Ramsey said.

By 10 a.m. ET the FDOE sent an email blast alerting districts to a problem and suggesting a delay in testing.

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