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TALLAHASSEE (CBSmiami/AP) — Broward’s school district was just one of several districts across the state which experienced problems administering the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) on Tuesday because of a computer glitch.

The Florida Department of Education said testing contractor Pearson was having problems with a hosting provider. In an email to superintendents, the department said the issue didn’t appear to be statewide.

In Broward, computer-based FCAT testing among middle and high schools was effected.

“The problems have now been resolved for a majority of the BCPS schools initially impacted, and testing at those schools has resumed,” said a late morning statement by the district. “Some schools that continued to experience issues with the Pearson testing website have temporarily suspended FCAT testing until Pearson can correct the problem.”

Pasco, Hernando and Seminole school districts also reported problems.

Seminole County Public Schools spokesman Michael Lawrence said students taking the FCAT reading test in seventh and 10th grades as well as those taking the sixth grade math exam were all unable to access the test. He said some schools may schedule a testing makeup day.

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