At Least 12 Florida Districts Forced to Suspend New FSA Test On First Day


The Tampa Bay Times, the Palm Beach Post, First Coast News and the Northwest Florida Daily News are reporting that 8 districts were forced to suspend testing today because students were unable to log on to the state FLDOE website. FairTest says that number is 12:

Problems with the new, computer-administered Florida Standards Assessments are widespread. At least a dozen school districts, including Broward, Hillsborough, Miami- Dade, Orange, Oskaloosa, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, and Volusia reported total breakdowns or significant testing delays.

According to Bob Schaeffer, a Florida resident who is Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which monitors standardized exams across the country, “Florida computerized tests are clearly not ready for prime time. The reason is that they were rushed into place based on a Tallahasee-mandated schedule not technical competence or educational readiness.”

Schaeffer continued, “Parents, teachers, superintendents and computer experts all warned that such breakdowns were inevitable. Yet, policy-makers ignored the warnings as well as evidence of similar problems last year in Florida and a dozen other states.”

“Today’s fiasco once again demonstrates that Florida testing policy is being driven by politicians and ideologues, not educators,” Schaeffer concluded. ”Florida schools and the children they serve need a pause in testing insanity and a thorough overhaul of the state’s assessment system. Enough is enough”

FairTest Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer has lived full-time in southwest Florida for fifteen years. He works closely with assessment reform groups in Lee County and across the state.

There are reports that Leon County has informed FLDOE Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart that they have suspended tests until they can confirm the state can maintain the site.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to At Least 12 Florida Districts Forced to Suspend New FSA Test On First Day

  1. Jli Hgn says:

    This is just like Obamacare ……….a JOKE
    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”-Thomas Jefferson

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