Schools hope web will help speed up testing results

The Sun-Sentinel of South Florida reports that Palm Beach and Broward County high school freshmen and sophomores finished the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test by mid-March–yet, more than six weeks later, they still don’t know the scores. State and local educators say they’d love to speed up the process and improve student achievement with a technological solution: putting the FCAT online. But switching from paper and pencil to computers is a daunting prospect, because there are too few machines to test everyone simultaneously and school districts say they can’t afford it at a time of shrinking state funding. The state has offered a limited number of high school online FCAT retake exams but still wants to expand its computer-based testing because of the likely benefits…

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