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Florida Department of Education rethinks science test timing



Florida fifth- and eighth-graders are scheduled to take their annual state science test in late March 2017. That's a full month earlier than this year's students will take the exam.

And that schedule, set by the Florida Department of Education to allow all paper-based testing to take place at the same time, has received heavy criticism from science teachers around the state. The Florida Association of Science Supervisors has encouraged its members to give input as to whether they'd like to see a later testing window.

That would be important, some say, because it gives students more time to learn the materials they will be tested on.

The DOE is listening.

"They are taking input into consideration for adjusting the calendar," press secretary Alix Miller told the Gradebook.

There is no time frame for making a decision. The science testing window for this year's students begins next week.

[Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2016 4:06pm]


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