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Florida debuts controversial tests

By Christina Veiga, Miami Herald
March 9th, 2015

A divisive series of state tests are making their debut despite a host of opposition

florida-testsMore students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott.

Ready or not — and many school boards, parents and teachers have been screaming to lawmakers that they’re not — Florida rolled out its new, much debated standardized tests on March 2.

The Florida Department of Education is forging ahead, even with a host of unknowns hanging in the air. Students, for instance, don’t even know what score they’ll have to make to pass.

“We need to question if we have gone too far, too fast,” Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho recently told a Florida Senate education committee.

The new tests are called the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA. They replace the also-controversial Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests, commonly known as FCAT. The state developed the new tests after adopting new education standards.

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