Internet service, testing resumes at Hernando schools
The Hernando County School District’s Internet access — the shut-down of which had delayed the start of computer-based standardized testing — was restored Tuesday evening, allowing teachers to start administering tests Wednesday.
Students had been scheduled to take the Florida Standards Assessment test on Monday morning but were delayed because of the glitch. It impacted students in the eighth grade and up, who take tests on computers, but not younger students who take paper tests, said district spokeswoman Karen Jordan.
As suspected, the problem was with the protective firewall on a state system, MyFlorida.com, that supplies filtered internet service to all schools, said Joe Amato, the district’s supervisor of technology and information services.
“It was basically caused by the district being blacklisted,” he said.
Neither his staffers or those at the state network had identified the information that caused the denial, he said, but it was probably a sudden increase in the volume of traffic.
“We’re looking at it very closely to see if there are any spikes that would indicate a problem,” he said.