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School day, interrupted

By Christina Veiga, Miami Herald
May 12th, 2015

Computer-based testing often putting freeze on classes in Florida’s Miami-Dade, other counties

testing-FloridaBusiness technology teacher Antonio White is supposed to teach middle and high school students how to type on a computer keyboard and use the full suite of Microsoft Office programs.

But on many days, he doesn’t have access to computers. They’ve been usurped for Florida’s standardized testing.

“There’s not a lot of teaching going on this semester. It’s like school is over,” said White, who teaches at José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy.

Ever since the Florida Department of Education mandated that many tests be taken on a computer, school districts have warned that the decree would come with a cost: lots of lost instructional time.
The prediction has come true, according to many teachers, students and parents.

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