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Florida spring testing season ends with few disruptions

The system has worked more smoothly since its introduction in 2015.

Classes officially end in most Florida school districts next week. Many students will finish up with local semester exams.

They won't have any more state exams to contend with. The assessment window for Florida Standards Assessments and end-of-course exams ended Friday.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said earlier this week that students had taken more than 4.2 million computerized tests, and another 1.2 million paper-pencil ones. And the Department of Education had received almost no reports of problems with the tests, outside a handful of localized concerns such as downed internet service or power outages.

She and other leaders saw it as a positive step for Florida, which experienced major problems with its computerized testing when AIR took over the system three years ago. Ever since, the troubles have dissipated.

That hasn't eliminated the opt-out movement, which has remained active but quieter than it was when questions swirled about the exams' validity.

Results are supposed to be returned in June. Next year, the testing season is supposed to be more restricted because of new law mandating it not begin until May.

The changes have prompted at least one school district to change its year-end schedule for 2019 and onward, to ensure students complete all their work before taking tests and departing for the summer.