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Time out from testing resolution to abandon FCAT gains momentum


A national resolution to urge education administrators to rely less on standardized testing is gaining a wave of support in South Florida, the Huffington Post reports. The Palm Beach School Board was the first school board in the state to endorse the petition that asks state governments and education boards to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning, and is used to support students and improve schools. The initiative was written by Time Out From Testing, a New York-based coalition of parents, educators, businesses, and civil rights organizations working towards a “time-out” from excessive and high stakes exams. Florida’s Board of Education introduced the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) in 1998. In 2010, it updated the test, making the math, science and reading section more rigorous and giving the test to students as young as third graders…

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