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Clay County schools suspend all district-level tests



Two days after Florida senators greeted ideas to scale back state testing, the Clay County superintendent took action.

Superintendent Addison Davis announced he would suspend all county-mandated testing, effective immediately. Like superintendents who testified before the Senate Education Appropriations committee, Davis told Action News Jax he wanted to give students and teachers more time in the classroom.

"This is nothing that is going to hinder their learning," Davis said. "It's just going to provide more time four our teachers to problem solve, to have small group instruction and to work with our students one-on-one."

Parents in several districts have called on their local leaders to take similar steps, regardless of state action. They have noted that several districts added local tests to help them gauge student preparedness for state exams, and as such become test-centric. Many superintendents have eliminated some of their assessments, but few if any besides Clay have taken this bold of a step.

Watch the Action News Jax report for more details. (Sorry we missed it when it first posted.)

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:30pm]


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