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Gov. Ron DeSantis calls for an end to standardized testing in Florida

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis smiles during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday called for an end to the Florida Standards Assessments, calling the system “outdated.”

“Florida’s education focus should be on students growth and hoe we restore the conversation between parents and teachers in support of students growth,” DeSantis said in a press release about the change.

The new proposed system would include three shorter tests in the fall, winter and spring in an effort to assess students in “real-time” rather than with a single, longer exam.

The new program will require 75 percent less testing time than the FSA testing model, according to the governor’s announcement on Tuesday morning.

DeSantis said that while the legislation still needs to be worked on, support for it was promising.

He added that he is hopeful to have new legislation fully implemented by the 2022-2023 school year.

Justin Katz, the president of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association, released the following statement about the governor’s announcement.

“We are reviewing the decision and have no detailed comments at this time, other than to say any reduction in the overuse of standardized testing that detracts from legitimate instructional time and actual education is a plus.”