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More computer problems with FAIR testing



Once again, computer glitches are getting in the way of teachers’ ability to administer a new state reading assessment called Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR.

The state Department of Education sent a memo to school superintendents this morning informing them that the database being used for the FAIR assessments would not be accessible, at least for the morning. Paula Noor, speaking on behalf of chancellor Frances Haithcock, didn’t say when the problems would be resolved.

Haithcock herself sent out a memo several weeks ago citing “technological challenges” with the new initiative due to the high volume of students being assessed.

The computer glitches appear to be salt in the wound for time-strapped teachers who already have been complaining about the assessment. While district officials in Pinellas and elsewhere are asking them to “trust the process,” the Gradebook has been bombarded with comments from teachers grousing about the additional work.

The first round of assessments is due to the state by mid October.

Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter



[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]


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