Schools plagued with FCAT computer problems

Land O'Lakes, Florida -- Several Bay area school districts are encountering computer problems while administering the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

The Florida Department of Education says the Pearson system that students log onto will not allow them to begin testing.

The Pasco County School District says some students began testing and then ran into technical problems, forcing them to stop.

The state emailed all the school districts Tuesday morning once problems arose, saying if a school experienced any difficulties to suspend the tests.

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Pasco County says they have faced issues like this with Pearson's system before, and the glitches serve as evidence that they are not ready to move all testing to computers; some exams are still done on paper.

In addition to Pasco County, the following counties are having computer issues:

  • Brevard
  • Hardee
  • Hernando
  • Highlands
  • Leon
  • Manatee
  • Polk
  • Seminole

Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus and Sarasota counties all say they are not having problems.

The state is updating districts with resolutions throughout the day, and hope these exams -- which last about 45 minutes to two hours -- will be fixed by Tuesday afternoon. Some school districts have already inquired about rescheduling the exams.


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