FCAT faces technology challenges

Emerson1This week, public school students across the state are taking the very last FCAT, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, before the state will fully implement the Florida Standards Common Core curriculum in the 2014-2015 school year.

Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for Santa Rosa County schools, said that each year, the state has been adding a few more computer-based assessments to the FCAT. But the integration of technology into the test has not come without challenges.

“The biggest difference is that a few years ago, you could have a large group of students test all at the same time in the same room using paper-based assessments,” Emerson said. “Now it would maybe take 10 labs with 30 computers in each to test the same group of students so it can be quite stressful and taxing.”

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