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Students learn the hard way not to text during test



No_phones The message came over the intercom before the FCAT test began. Teachers repeated it as students entered the testing rooms. No cell phones allowed. Have one in your possession, much less try to use one, and your test will be invalidated.

At least one Gulf High junior didn't pay attention.

"We had a girl who had completed a section" of Thursday's science FCAT, principal Steve Knobl told the Gradebook. "The teacher saw the student pull a cell phone out. ... The student was texting."

She's not the only one to break the rule. A couple of students at Hudson High had their phones out during testing this week, principal Dave LaRoche said, resulting in a "do not score" order for them, too.

Sure. Kids are awfully attached to their phones. It's practically second nature to whip one out and start messaging or calling when it seems like nothing else is going on.

But "they just have to let go of the phone during testing," said Madeline Barbery, who oversees FCAT testing for Pasco County. "They will get them back."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:17am]


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