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The Florida Testing Thief

Florida has more testing this year than ever before. Schools are now testing morning and afternoon sessions. There is no chance to teach with chunks of your classes missing throughout the day. This current round will last from March 2 until the end of May. Gyms, libraries and labs have been turned into testing centers. The Florida legislature is addicted to testing. Well, they are addicted to expensive testing that makes some very wealthy. The Florida legislature, Governor and DOE do not want teachers to evaluate their own students. Why? They can’t manipulate that data like they can with standardized tests. The state feels testing is accountability. Religious and independent schools know that teachers – not standardized testing – provide accountability. “Accountability” has become a political term that appeals to the darker angels that motivate many politicians.

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