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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Statewide Test Glitches Add to Student, Teacher Anxieties
Testing statewide since Monday for the new Florida Standards Assessment has been a train-wreck.
Locally, many students logged on, began to complete the test, and then were booted off of the system. Others could not even log-on to the system in the first place. Sadly, many students that started the test and then were knocked off the system and then re-logged in--found to their dismay that all their previous work was gone. Poof!
So anxiety levels among students have been rising, and for teachers and administrators, anxiety and frustration is turning to anger. At one local high school alone, 28 Substitute teachers were brought in to help proctor the test that "didn't happen" due to a glitch in the testing platform. Those substitutes, and all substitutes district-wide that were hired as proctors will still have to be paid, and they'll be paid again today as they come again to our schools and we "try again." A unnecessary WASTE of taxpayer money due to deficient planning by the state. What more can be said?
DOE BOTCHED this test roll-out, and they are costing local districts time, energy, and money.
More importantly, DOE are making the environment for students taking these tests that much more uncomfortable, and for this alone there is no compensation that can ameliorate this damage.
According to our Superintendent, Malcolm Thomas, we will again try to administer these tests today, Thursday March 5th. Hopefully the platform will work this time and we can get this battery of tests put behind us.
Meanwhile, national media outlets are weighing in, with the Washington Post calling this "Florida's Testing Disaster"
..just what we needed, more negative press.