"Our students have studied hard, parents have pushed them and helped them study hard, their teachers have helped them. It's unacceptable. I know the Department of Education is looking into it, they're going to hold this company accountable," said Scott.Late Tuesday afternoon, the company in charge of online testing released a statement about the server issues:
"Pearson’s online testing services for Florida experienced internet traffic disruptions today due to a network issue with our third-party hosting service provider, Savvis. We are working closely with Savvis to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Even with the disruption, which did present difficulties for some school districts, many students are testing normally with almost 200,000 tests delivered today."The President of the Florida Education Association was quick to criticize Florida's Department of Education.
“Today’s computer problems associated with administering the FCAT test prove yet again that the state is not prepared for such a large undertaking. The state is unbending in its requirements of students, teachers and public schools when it comes to these high stakes tests and unyielding in the punitive impacts they have on students, teachers and schools.
But when it comes to administering or grading these tests, problems continue to bubble to the surface with alarming regularity. This should be a teachable moment for The Florida Department of Education as they enter a new era of testing next year: Slow down, make sure every aspect of the testing program works, involve teachers and administrators in this massive undertaking and get it right," said FEA President Andy Ford in a news release.
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