Still no word on testing protocols for Pasco County schools
Last spring, several Pasco County parents and one School Board member urged the district administration to reconsider the rules for students who finish their state tests early. Their key request was to allow children to quietly read after they turn in their testing materials, as state law permits.
District procedure had been to not collect the tests until the full period ended. But superintendent Kurt Browning told the board eight months ago he would convene a committee to review this issue and others associated with testing, to ensure fair and consistent rules for all schools.
The Florida Standards Assessments begin in late February. And the school district has yet to make any decisions.
The question about reading in the test room has two distinct factors, Browning said.
On one hand, he said, students should not feel rushed to complete their exams, or be disturbed by others who finish early and rustle pages of a book. On the other, children who are done faster should not have to waste time sitting and staring at walls.
"I hope to have some guidance on that after we return from Christmas break," Browning said.