Senate Education Committee merges ideas from two key testing bills into one
The changes put the bill more in line with SB 964, a proposal preferred by many critics of the existing high-stakes model.
After Rough Start, Flores' Testing Bill Gets Moving In The Senate...With Changes
“The bill makes several common sense changes to our system. A number of
state mandated end-of-course exams are eliminated, including Geometry,
Algebra 2, U.S. History and Civics," Montford said at a March press
conference on his proposal.
... Montford’s measure also let students to use a paper-and-pencil option to
take state tests, and gets rid of the controversial value-added model, a
formula based on state test results that’s used to evaluate teachers.
Bipartisan group of senators touts benefits of cutting state tests
Florida should inject “common sense” into its school testing system by
scrapping some required state exams and providing “stressed out”
teachers and students the relief they need, a bipartisan group of state
senators said today.
Bill would end these high school end-of-course exams
Montford’s bill (SB 964/HB 1249) has considerably more breadth.
It would eliminate the Florida Standards Assessment in grade 9,
all end-of-course exams except for Algebra 1 and Biology. It seeks to
find alternates for other statewide exams in high school, such as the
ACT or SAT.
It would push testing back to the last weeks of the school year.
And, by allowing for pencil-and-paper testing, it could free up weeks of time in classrooms.