Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Tuesday that officially eliminates the annual Florida Standards Assessments, a two day test at the end of the school year given to students in grades 3-12.
Critics have called the test and the pre-exam prep work unnecessarily stressful with the results being issued in the summer when school is not in session.
The new testing model would be three rounds of exams done throughout the school year to evaluate students’ performance.
DeSantis said at the bill signing in St. Petersburg that tests would take ‘hours and not days’ and would provide faster feedback on student’s performance, allowing for remedial teaching to take place within the same school year.
Florida now becomes the first state to switch to so-called ‘progress monitoring’ instead of relying on a single one-size-fits-all test.
The final FSA will be administered this year, and the new testing program will launch for the 2022-23 school year.
Already, Florida has eliminated Common Core from the state curriculum and this year authorized a pay increase for teachers.