Computer glitch delays district FCAT testing

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

Scheduled for Tuesday was testing for Grade 5 math and reading in Grades 8 and 10.

The Grade 10 reading is particularly important as students must pass that test to graduate high school.

But a problem at Pearson, the company contracted to provide testing services to Florida, caused some districts to be unable to log into the company’s system.

This is the second school year in which online testing has been performed to significant sections of the FCAT.

The problem was not statewide – Franklin County schools proceeded with testing without incident – but did not sit well with Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart who called the problem “unacceptable.”

For Gulf District Schools the snafu meant taking full advantage of the flexible schedule put in place for FCAT testing, particularly since portions of the test have moved online.

“We have to be so flexible,” Ramsey said, noting that with computer testing the testing must be performed within a “window” of time, not a specific day. “We were able to shift everything one day.”

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