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Florida Department of Education agrees to change 2017 science test dates

After hearing complaints from educators and parents, the Florida Department of Education has rescheduled next year's state science test from March to May.

The move will allow fifth- and eighth-grade students more time to prepare for the exams, which this year's students took in late April. K-12 chancellor Hershel Lyons advised superintendents of the change in a memo early Tuesday.

"This is an example of how we listen to school districts," FLDOE spokeswoman Meghan Collins told the Gradebook. "We really do make changes based on the input we receive."

The updated 2016-17 testing schedule now shows the science testing dates as May 1-5, instead of March 27-31. The state initially had moved the science test forward for 2017 so students would take all paper-pencil assessments at the same time.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:29am]


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