Spring testing window extended because of fall hurricanes

A busy 2017 hurricane season kept hundreds of thousands of Florida students out of school for days, if not weeks, this past fall.

First came closures in anticipation of Irma. Then came the extended time off to allow schools time to clean up, and staffs to return from evacuation.

Districts established some makeup days. But leaders also raised concerns that the lengthy period away interfered with learning, and said more time before Florida’s high stakes testing season would help.

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