Florida lawmakers have been searching for ways to improve state testing after last year’s incident regarding servers and general dissatisfaction with the tests. Although they won’t eliminate end-of-course testing, they’ve considered an alternative:students choosing between different kinds of standardized tests instead.
The Florida Standards Assessment was implemented to replace the FCAT. A state-hired company constructed the test along with the national Common Core standardsmeant to prepare students for rigorous college education.
“It’s new standards, it’s a new test–it’s everything coming at them so quickly that it was concerning to teachers,” said Robert Runcie, Broward Superintendent, to the Sun Sentinel. “It’s still concerning. If they’re going to use high-stakes testing, they need to get it right. And we haven’t gotten it right.”
The state-mandated assessment tested students from third grade to twelfth; over 3.2 million FSA tests were completed in March, April, and May.
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