Florida’s computerized testing system ran into a new round of problems Monday, following a trouble-free week that had officials optimistic the system was on solid footing.
Districts across the state reported that students were unable to begin taking their Florida Standards Assessments in language arts and math on Monday morning.
The Florida Department of Education announced shortly before 11 a.m. that the problem had been corrected. But it was too late for some districts — including Pinellas, Miami-Dade, Broward and Leon counties — which already had canceled all testing and would try again Tuesday. Hillsborough and Pasco were among the districts that continued to test Monday.
The setback brought a stern response from Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart, who blamed the state’s testing vendor and said she had “many, many adjectives to describe what I am feeling today — exasperated, frustrated, dismayed, angry. I could go on and on.”