Florida’s new online testing system lost the writing exams of more than 300 Central Florida students who took the test this month. Most of the essays have since been recovered, but about 50 remain missing.
The number of still-lost tests represents a tiny fraction of the writing exams taken by more than 104,000 eighth, ninth and 10th graders in the five Central Florida school districts in the past two weeks.
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But it will likely be distressing to those students, who may have to retake the exam, and it represents more fallout from the technology problems that marred the rollout of the new Florida Standards Assessments.
The FSA’s online system debuted March 2, but a software glitch meant many schools could not log into the system and had to suspend testing temporarily. A cyber attack later in the week resulted in some “white screens” when students did log in, further disrupting testing.