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Doing away with FSA: Gov. DeSantis outlines plan to replace standardized test with progress monitoring

The governor said there will be 75% less time for testing, leaving more time for learning. Teachers will be informed in real time to better help students.

DORAL, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced lawmakers will soon consider legislation that would end FSA testing and replace it with a new plan.

"If we're successful, this 2021-22 school year will be the final year that the FSA is administered in the state of Florida," DeSantis announced in a news conference Tuesday morning.

Speaking from Doral Academy Preparatory School alongside Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, DeSantis said state education leaders will continue to measure students' results and set high standards. But, the governor said the FSA, or Florida Standards Assessment, is outdated.

"It takes days to administer, leaving less time for student learning," DeSantis said. "It is not customizable to each student, which we do have the capability now with algorithms to do."

The FSA test is a series of reading, writing and math tests measuring student performance. Some say the FSA has no value when it comes to a student’s path to college.

The governor also said the FSA fails to provide timely information to parents regarding their students' progress.

That's why the governor said the state will be eliminating the FSA and replacing it with progress monitoring, or short, individualized check-in assessments three times per year.

"This will take hours, not days, to be able to do these assessments," DeSantis said. "This has three different opportunities, fall, winter and spring, to be able to check in on growth."

The governor said there will be 75% less time for testing, leaving more time for learning. Teachers will be informed in real time during the school year in order to better help students, he said.

The progress monitoring tools will be customizable and unique to each student, the governor said.

Eliminating the FSA will be the final step of ending Common Core for the state of Florida, DeSantis' team said on Twitter.

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In recent news:

On Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled a Tallahassee judge should not have lifted an automatic stay earlier last week that halted enforcement of the mask mandate ban. That means the state could resume its efforts to impose financial penalties on the 13 school boards currently defying the mask mandate ban, including Duval County Public Schools.

A spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools says its mask policy will not change because of the recent ruling. Students who do not have a medical opt-out will still be required to wear masks.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday it has begun a new grant program to provide funding for school districts in Florida and elsewhere that lose money for implementing anti-coronavirus practices such as mandatory masks.

And the USDOE's civil rights department has opened an investigation into how the state's ban on mask mandates could impact students with disabilities

DeSantis says the Parents Bill of Rights law indicates parents are the sole deciders of whether their children should wear a mask to school.

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