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FSA scores won’t determine student promotion, high school graduation this year, state says

Florida students will not be penalized for doing poorly on standardized tests this year.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran signed an executive order allowing school districts to waive the required state assessments for graduation for seniors if the district determines “on a case-by-case basis that the student’s high school record establishes a comparable level of achievement.”

The executive order also says third-grade promotion won’t be tied to Florida Standards Assessments scores this year. Instead, the school district will determine if the student can move onto the fourth grade based on if they are “performing at least at Level 2 on the ELA (English Language Arts) assessment.”

The order will apply to students in the 2020-2021 school year.