Technical Glitch Causes FCAT Testing Problems

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    NBC10 Philadelphia

    Several Florida school districts are having trouble administering the state's standardized test because of a computer glitch.

    The Florida Department of Education says testing contractor Pearson is having difficulty with a hosting provider causing students problems accessing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. In an email to superintendents, the department said the issue didn't appear to be statewide.

    Pasco, Hernando and Seminole school districts were among those experiencing difficulties on Tuesday.

    Seminole County Public Schools spokesman Michael Lawrence said students taking the FCAT reading test in seventh and 10th grades as well as those taking the sixth grade math exam were all unable to access the test. He said some schools may schedule a testing makeup day.

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    Broward County Public Schools announced that they experienced similar issues to other school districts, involving the Pearson testing website. Officials say the problems has been resolved for a majority of the Broward schools and that testing has resumed. Other schools that are still experiencing issues have temporarily suspended FCAT testing until the problem is corrected.

    Florida has been transitioning toward computer-based testing over the last several years.