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Heck no, we won't test. Lee schools give up on FAIR



Frustrated with teachers' inability to access Florida's newest online reading assessment, Lee schools have decided to abandon FAIR testing.

"Based upon the testing attempts in our district thus far, we have accumulated invalid assessment data, created a tremendous amount of anxiety and frustration on the part of teachers and students, and have lost valuable instruction time," Lee superintendent Jim Browder wrote to Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith, as the Fort Myers News-Herald reports.

Sounds like the complaints Gradebook readers aired weeks ago. At least Lee is doing something about it. 

After all, FAIR testing — which cost about $9 million to develop — is optional to districts. At least seven have chosen not to use it, according to DOE officials. Is your district still on the bandwagon?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:36am]


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