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Fla. school officials confident FCAT bugs are fixed

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Officials say they are “confident” FCAT testing can continue for Florida students today.

The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) statement comes after students in 26 districts reported problems with computerized parts of the exam Tuesday.

A state spokesperson said the “level of disruption varied among those districts.”

We've learned that students at Land O'Lakes High School spent 45 minutes trying to log into the system before testing was suspended. Officials say a server glitch is to blame for the problem. Pearson is the company that helps administer the test in Florida.

"In a conversation with Commissioner Stewart this afternoon, Pearson officials said the underlying problem was a national issue with Internet service,” said Joe Follick, FLDE Director of Communications and External Affairs. “Pearson said they were confident that testing could continue...as they pursued contingency plans. “

Impacted districts included those in Polk, Pasco, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands and Manatee counties.

Pasco County officials published the following statement from their superintendent on the district’s Facebook page:

“We had to suspend today’s FCAT testing for students taking computer based tests. Pearson, the state’s contractor for administering computerized FCAT tests, experienced nationwide server failure, which affected districts across the state. Students who were scheduled to test today will have their testing rescheduled for another day. Our hope is that the technical issues will be corrected before tomorrow’s testing. If we are unable to administer computer-based FCAT tests again tomorrow, schools again will modify testing schedules. This kind of problem during the state’s high-stakes testing is unacceptable, and the Department of Education will hold Pearson accountable for this failure. Our priority is to ensure that our students have every opportunity to do their best. If you have questions, please call your child’s school.”

Follick said the state’s top educators are “discussing options for districts that may need additional testing times.”

Commissioner Pam Stewart reportedly held a conference call with superintendents Tuesday to address updates and her department is said to have been “in constant contact with districts and Pearson.”

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