Florida students will not need paper and pencils for some of their standardized tests this spring.
For the second year, Florida Standards Assessments will be administered online to public school students across the state. Students will start taking the proctored FSA tests at the end of the month.
The Florida Department of Education is working to make sure testing goes smoothly this year. When the exams were administered last year, there were some technical difficulties, said Florida DOE spokesperson Alix Miller.
She said the company that provided the online testing updated its system the night before the FSA was administered. Some students were logged off of their tests.
Miller said it was a technical error with the site, not the test itself.
“It was not necessarily a problem with the FSA per se,” she said.
To avoid errors this year, Hershel Lyons, the Florida DOE chancellor of public schools, sent a memo to school district superintendents that explained how to troubleshoot technical problems.
According to the memo, everyone on each district’s staff should be familiar with the FSA system requirements to make sure all devices that will be used for computer-based testing are configured correctly.
Some students, like Chiefland High School junior Jessica Ivey, saw their peers’ tests crashed. The 17-year-old said she would prefer to take the exams on paper.
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