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Gradebook podcast: Does Florida need to change its testing system, with Bob Schaeffer of FairTest

Proposals exist to allow districts to substitute state tests with national ones, and to let students graduate without passing all required exit exams.
Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest
Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest
Published Jan. 11, 2018

As part of an effort to streamline state testing, Florida lawmakers in 2017 called for a study of whether the ACT or SAT would serve as a reliable substitute for certain Florida Standards Assessments. The resulting report stated the idea would not succeed. What’s the next logical step? Some people have suggested creating new pathways to a diploma that sidestep the tests. Some have proposed doing away with the weighty consequences attached to the exams. FairTest public education director Bob Schaeffer, a Lee County resident and no fan of high stakes testing, discusses Florida’s state of testing affairs with reporter Jeff Solochek.

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