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Ninth-graders at Land O’Lakes High wait to get started Wednesday on the new writing test that is part of the Florida Standards Assessments. Earlier in the week, Pasco County Schools suspended testing after the system malfunctioned.Pasco County School District

When state testing goes awry, here's how it feels to the kids

Tampa Bay Tech freshman Jude Cineas didn't have high hopes as he sat for his state writing exam on Tuesday morning. New computer systems rarely work well, he reasoned. So as he began typing his answers, after more than an hour spent reading passages and gathering thoughts, Jude kept saving his work — just in case.  …

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  1. When state testing goes awry, here's how it feels to the kids

    Testing

    Tampa Bay Tech freshman Jude Cineas didn't have high hopes as he sat for his state writing exam on Tuesday morning.

    Ninth-graders at Land O’Lakes High wait to get started Wednesday on the new writing test that is part of the Florida Standards Assessments. Earlier in the week, Pasco County Schools suspended testing after the system malfunctioned.
  2. Police: Retired UF professor had given ex-convict $37,000 before he was killed

    Crime

    GAINESVILLE — A retired University of Florida professor was killed by an ex-convict to whom he'd given $37,000 in recent years in what authorities described as a "Good Samaritan" relationship, police said.

    A photo made available by Gainesville police on Friday shows Stephen Underwood Jr., 37, under arrest for the murder of retired University of Florida professor Thomas Oakland. Police initially believed Oakland had died in a fire that consumed his home, but an autopsy confirmed that he had been fatally struck in the head and body and was already dead before the fire. Underwood and Oakland had known each other. [Associated Press]
  3. Annual festival at Anclote High gives culinary nod to Black History Month

    K12

    HOLIDAY

    The aroma wafting down the hallway is like the cast of a fishing line, making you want to follow your nose with hopes of getting a sample of what's been cooking.

    Anclote High School culinary student Mallory Baack, 16, cooked up her mom’s recipe for oatmeal crumb cookies at the annual Soul Food Fest held on Feb. 27 at the school in Holiday.
  4. School spending plan makes it clear: No more classes at Moore-Mickens

    K12

    Dade City residents' complaints about moving classes away from Pasco County's Moore-Mickens Education Center have not changed the school district's decision.

  5. In the quest for higher graduation rates, Hillsborough educators seek student ideas

    K12

    TAMPA — The survey answers were surprising and not encouraging.

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