Last week, the Lee County School Board in Florida set a precedent by being one of the first school districts in the nation to opt out of all state-required testing for its students.
In a 3-2 vote, the board decided to reject state-mandated testing for the over 90,000 students in their school district. According to Reuters, the board stated that they were acting on behalf “of administrators, teachers and most importantly students, whose educational growth has not been enhanced as a result of such testing.”
The district superintendent, Nancy Graham, believes that the decision will hurt the students of Lee County, but only time will tell. In an online memo, the Florida School Board Association expresses concern about the vote, stating that schools may lose various sources of state and federal funding and that students may have difficultly earning their diploma.
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BMWK, what are your thoughts on state-required school testing?