Education

FCAT testing resumes after computer glitches fixed

 
 
Florida’s all-important FCAT exams were thrown in disarray on Tuesday, as widespread computer glitches prevented thousands of students from logging into their computers and taking the test.
Florida’s all-important FCAT exams were thrown in disarray on Tuesday, as widespread computer glitches prevented thousands of students from logging into their computers and taking the test.
CHARLOTTE SOUTHERN / MIAMI HERALD FILE

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Florida schools returned to computerized FCAT testing on Wednesday after receiving word from the state that the systems were again running properly.

Twenty-six districts reported problems with student access to the online exams on Tuesday, prompting the Florida Department of Education to recommend a delay in testing for affected schools.

Education commissioner Pam Stewart blamed testing company Pearson for the troubles.

Just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Stewart advised superintendents that Pearson had fixed its servers and that no further disruptions should occur.

“Pearson has assured the department that this strategy will resolve the issues related to yesterday's interruptions and the system will resume normal functionality,” Stewart wrote. “Given this, schools may resume testing this morning.”

In both Miami-Dade and Broward, school district officials said that FCAT testing was once again under way, and was generally going smoothly.

Individual schools will determine when to reschedule the students whose tests were postponed on Tuesday.

Miami Herald Staff Writer Michael Vasquez contributed to this report.

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