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Poll: Nearly half of Floridians support testing opt-out



Years of standardized testing have disillusioned families with the model, a newly released St. Leo University Polling Institute poll reveals.

Almost half of respondents both within Florida and nationally agreed with the survey statement, "Parents should have the option of allowing their own children to opt out of standardized tests used in student and school assessment."

Faculty member Karen Hahn read the result to say frustration is growing.

"What I think is that many parents are saying, 'No more,'" Hahn said in a release. "I'm not sure that would even have happened before," she added, referring to the 45 percent support for opting out.

The survey showed much higher support (about 80 percent) for regular testing, with 52 percent backing the use of test results as a measure of success. By contrast, 58 percent said graduation rates should be used to measure success, and 42 percent said teacher qualifications and accomplishments should be used.

The poll of 1,005 adults was taken between Oct. 17-22, 2015. It has a 3-point margin of error.

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[Last modified: Monday, November 2, 2015 10:26am]


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