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Gov. DeSantis Eliminates Standardized Testing

Sally Kent

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On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the elimination of primary standardized testing in public schools starting next year.

The Daily Wire reports:

“Today we come not to praise the FSA, but to bury it,” DeSantis proclaimed, echoing Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” “We are here with legislators to officially eliminate the FSA from the state of Florida. Six months ago I announced legislative proposals to replace the FGSA with progress monitoring. Instead of having one major test at the end of the year which provided no feedback to students before the summer came, we would do progress monitoring that would monitor progress throughout the school year. It’d be shorter; it’d be more individualized, and it would provide good feedback for students, for teachers, and for parents.”

“This type of assessment was much more effective than kind of the big, study-for-weeks, all-the-marbles-on-the last test and then adjourn for the summer,” he continued. “And so we think this is going to be an improvement in the state of Florida; we needed some tool to be able to assess, and we do believe in accountability. … If you look at what’s been innovated, if you look at new technology, we can get the same information from the FSA in a much shorter period of time and in a way that provides really quick feedback for parents, teachers, and students.”

Noting that the FSA given at the end of the year precluded any remediation for students, he asked rhetorically, “How are you going to remediate if you see problems when people are already out for the summer?”

“Under this new approach, three administrations of progress monitoring,” he explained. “This will take hours, not days, and it will reduce overall testing time dramatically. Now, by law, the fall and winter results will be provided to teachers within one week and parents within two weeks which allows real-time intervention before it’s too late. Parents can reinforce classroom learning at home. … Next year, Florida will be the first state in the nation to do a full transition to progress monitoring to inform school accountability. This is a huge streamlining of what we’ve been doing, and I think it’s student friendly, I think, it’s teacher-friendly, and I think it’s parent-friendly.”

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran celebrated the news, “I call this V-Day,” calling the FSA “antiquated