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Florida School Boards Take A Stand Against Overtesting

Reflecting a growing disdain for high-stakes testing, the group representing Florida’s 67 school boards called on the state Tuesday to stop using test results for any purpose but to diagnose how students are doing in school.

In a two-page resolution, the Florida School Boards Association also urged lawmakers to delay the consequences associated with new state tests until 2017. In the meantime, the group stated, local districts should be allowed to determine when students are promoted, when they graduate and how teachers are evaluated — some of the tasks that, under state mandate, are largely dictated by student test scores.