Lizette Alvarez reports on Florida’s reactions to standardized testing in a New York Times article. Florida has adopted standards more challenging than Common Core, including its Florida Standards Assessment which is still to be validated. She writes, “In Florida, which tests students more frequently than most other states, many schools this year will dedicate on average 60 to 80 days out of the 180-day school year to standardized testing.” The author cites dismay at the emphasis on teaching over testing (at district, state and federal levels), among community members including parents, teachers, principals and administrators. Compounding this problem is insufficient funding for the computers needed to deliver these computerized tests (except by staggering access to them), and for the task of developing the new district-level tests.

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