FCAT testing problems caused by computer glitch

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- 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.

Palm Beach County reported some spotty outages. Students who could not log on will take the test at another dates.

Martin County said it discovered server problems and some of its students will also take the test at a later date.

In Indian River County students at two charter schools will be tested at another date.

Okeechobee County has not reported any problems.

St. Lucie County schools reported some spotty problems. Most were fixed. Students who could not be tested Tuesday face exams at a later date.

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

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