TAMPA — Most Florida students will begin taking FCAT exams today, but not students at nine middle schools and one charter school in Hillsborough County.
School district officials noticed "something wrong" with the test booklets for those campuses and are awaiting replacements. So students at Bartels, Benito, Buchanan, Giunta, Ferrell, Greco, Rodgers, Shields and Williams middle schools and Trinity charter school will begin the FCAT on Wednesday instead.
The state Department of Education said the problem was a shipping mistake.
"Due to an isolated shipping error, our vendor sent incorrect seventh-grade test materials to 12 schools in Hillsborough County," it said in a statement. "We have granted permission for Hillsborough to delay testing by one day in those schools so staff can prepare the newly received seventh-grade test materials."
It's nothing new to see students take the annual test on different days. Students in the Plant City area also will start later because they'll be out for the Strawberry Festival. FCAT testing runs through March 19.
Jeffrey S. Solochek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 909-4614. For more education news, visit the Gradebook at blogs.tampabay.com/schools.