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Bill to limit district tests finds quick path to full Florida Senate



A bill that would bar Florida school districts from administering district-level tests in the two weeks before and after statewide assessments has sailed through its state Senate committee stops on its way to consideration by the full Senate early in the spring session.

SB 852 won unanimous support this week from the Senate Rules Committee after finding little opposition in the Education Committee two weeks earlier. It's now been scheduled for second reading in the Senate, once session begins March 4.

Lawmakers have pressed for this action after critics slammed the state for requiring too much testing. Some state leaders countered that the districts mandate more assessments than the Department of Education does. Last year, the Legislature told districts to publish their local testing calendars so parents could see what tests their children would be taking, and when. Several districts have local testing that overlaps with the state windows.

This bill would not take effect in time for the coming round of FCAT and end-of-course exams. If approved, it would become law on July 1.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:09pm]


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