Technical glitch causes FCAT testing problems - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Technical glitch causes FCAT testing problems

Posted: Updated:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Testing was suspended Tuesday in several districts across Florida after students were unable to take the state's standardized assessment because of a computer glitch.

In a letter to the testing contractor, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said the glitch had created "significant problems" for students taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and end-of-course assessments.

"This failure is inexcusable," Stewart wrote to an executive at Pearson, the company that administers and scores the FCAT. "Florida's students and teachers work too hard on learning to be distracted by these needless and avoidable technological issues."

A state Department of Education spokeswoman was unable to say how many districts were affected, but reports trickling in from around the state suggested the problem impacted thousands of students and easily more than a dozen districts.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said some students were able to complete their tests but many received an error message when they finished.

"Many more were unable to start testing when they were scheduled," he added.

The Florida Department of Education blamed Pearson for the glitch, saying the contractor was having difficulty with a hosting provider.

Pearson released a statement saying Florida's internet traffic disruptions were due to network issue with a third-party hosting service provider, Savvis.

"We are working closely with Savvis to remedy the situation as soon as possible," the statement said. "Even with the disruption, which did present difficulties for some school districts, many students are testing normally with almost 200,000 tests delivered today."

Gov. Rick Scott said the Department of Education would hold Pearson accountable.

"Our students have studied hard," he said. "Their parents have pushed them and helped them study hard. Their teachers have helped them. It's unacceptable."

Pasco County Schools spokeswoman Linda Cobb said her district's biggest concern was the reliability of test results. She said the district would be comparing the results of those who took the test as scheduled and those who could not because of the glitch.

"It just increases our concern about the window we have for transitioning to the new test and all computer-based testing," she said.

Florida has been transitioning toward computer-based testing over the last several years, and state education officials are scheduled to implement a new exam from the American Institutes of Research in 2015.

Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, said the computer glitches "prove yet again that the state is not prepared for such a large undertaking."

"This should be a teachable moment for The Florida Department of Education as they enter a new era of testing next year: Slow down, make sure every aspect of the testing program works, involve teachers and administrators in this massive undertaking and get it right," he said.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Houdini

    Houdini

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:17:15 GMT
    David Blaine. Cris Angel. David Copperfield, todays magicians, but before them, was the great Houdini. The master magician and escape artist wowed the world a century ago. Deco's Eugene Ramirez talked trickery with Adrien Brody.
    David Blaine. Cris Angel. David Copperfield, todays magicians, but before them, was the great Houdini. The master magician and escape artist wowed the world a century ago. Deco's Eugene Ramirez talked trickery with Adrien Brody.
  • Burger Love

    Burger Love

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:48:33 GMT
    Sometimes, love can be hard to find in South Florida. The same can't be said for burgers, though. Tasty patties are everywhere. A new joint is offering up a unique take on this favorite comfort food. It's fresh, healthy and tastes like nothing you've tried before. Welcome to Burger Love.
    Sometimes, love can be hard to find in South Florida. The same can't be said for burgers, though. Tasty patties are everywhere. A new joint is offering up a unique take on this favorite comfort food. It's fresh, healthy and tastes like nothing you've tried before. Welcome to Burger Love.
  • Cris Cab

    Cris Cab

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:08:34 GMT
    One of Miami's hometown boys is about to make his name even bigger. Singer Cris Cab is taking his friendship and professional pairing with Pharrell to the international stage. Deco's Liz Nagy sat down with the South Florida singer before he heads out on tour.
    One of Miami's hometown boys is about to make his name even bigger. Singer Cris Cab is taking his friendship and professional pairing with Pharrell to the international stage. Deco's Liz Nagy sat down with the South Florida singer before he heads out on tour.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:51:31 GMT
    Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much...
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a...
  • PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly pipeline blast

    PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly pipeline blast

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:42:01 GMT
    California regulatory judges have issued a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight...
    California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight...
  • 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:31:54 GMT
    A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.
    Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on...
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.