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Florida Repeatedly Warned About an Untested Test for Students

When students from Key West to Pensacola tried to log on to the state’s new and supposedly improved tests for the first time last week, all the dire predictions of school leaders, teachers unions and parents came true.

“Catastrophic meltdown,” was how the superintendent of Florida’s largest school district, Miami-Dade’s Alberto Carvalho, characterized the rollout of the computerized tests.

With slow and sporadic performance lasting for much of the week, the Florida Department of Education came under criticism for its handling of the debacle. The problems — echoing the glitch-marred ObamaCare website debut — also emboldened critics who have consistently complained that the state is moving too fast in implementing new assessments.