It appears, following Monday’s technical glitches, that the Florida Standards Assessment test is running smoothly in both Miami-Dade and Broward County.
Florida is placing limits on standardized tests that were first expanded by former Governor Jeb Bush.
The Florida Senate passed a bill that would have students spend no more than 45 hours a year on standardized tests.
Legislation that would overhaul Florida’s testing program for public schools was in suspended animation Wednesday, as senators weigh whether to exempt some students in high-level classes from statewide standardized tests.
A Senate panel approved a revamped version of testing legislation Thursday, potentially paving the way for an audit of the botched rollout of the state’s new standardized tests and making clear that school districts would be repaid if the state recovers damages from the contractor running the exams.
The House approved a bill that would lower the amount of tests given at Florida public schools.
For years, debates about holding Florida teachers and schools accountable followed a predictable pattern: Democrats and teachers unions criticized the plans as being too heavily reliant on standardized testing, while Republicans pushed through the plans and insisted that measuring student progress ensures children will learn. This year, the terms of the debate have changed.
Any parent of a school-aged child knows the amount of testing in schools is intense in the state of Florida, but Tuesday morning, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order to suspend a standardized test for the state’s 11th graders.
Some good news for students who tired of taking so many tests. Miami-Dade County Public Schools will administer 24 fewer tests this year, following a preliminary review of the District’s testing program
Florida school children are not keeping up with their national and international peers in math and science.