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Weather causes FCAT delays for 10 districts



Storm squalls prompted ten Florida school districts to put off the FCAT writing exam Tuesday for at least one school.

In addition to six Pasco County elementary schools, Pinellas County postponed testing for Plumb Elementary because of portable classroom evacuations. Other districts dealing with portable evacuations were St. Johns (one school) and Alachua (one school). Two districts — Leon and Walton — requested an extra day of makeup testing on Thursday, according to the Florida Department of Education.

Four other Panhandle districts — Franklin, Holmes, Jackson and Washington — had it worse, closing schools on Tuesday and pushing back testing for all students by a day.

Students across the state have been sworn to secrecy about the writing prompts, as the state does not have replacement tests for the delayed exams or the makeups that are scheduled for the rest of the week.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:51pm]


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