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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County educators and local lawmakers talked for two hours about education, what's working and what needs to change.

The annual meeting brought both parties together todiscuss charter schools, class size issues and end-of-course exams.

Florida recently started to require end-of-course exams in certain subjects, with the exams being expanded in coming years to cover moreclassroom subjects.

Local educators fear themandated testsand the score that determines whether a student gets credit toward graduation requirements.

"I just don't want to create our schools to be places where all talking about is a test and a certain score on a test. That's what happened," said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti while presenting an argument that something needs to change.

"Now you have algebra test over your head, you have biology testing over your head and you know geometry is on its way, the U.S. History is on its way. Kids are going to drop out, they are going to become frustrated, become demoralized," said Vitti in laying out the district's views on end-of-course exams.

State Sen. Daniel Davis and other lawmakers listened to the presentation about the need for the legislature to revisit the testing.

"I don't want to teach to the test," said Davis, who added that students should be prepared by teachers to meet certain goals.

The district believes a compromise would be using the end-of-course exam as half the score combined with the teacher's grade on a student's work.

"I think a 50-50 compromise is what we need ... or we are going to have a huge number of non-graduates in our schools," said Vitti.

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