Hernando County fifth-grade teacher Melinda Barrett is fed up with the FCATs, high-stakes testing and the pressure it puts on students. She recently penned an apology letter to the editor that is generating a lot of buzz on social media.
Here’s a copy:
I’d like to make a public apology. I’d like to apologize to my fifth-grade students.
I’m sorry that for the six years you’ve been in school, you’ve had the FCAT looming over your head. I’m sorry that when you were just 8 years old in third grade, you had your entire year of work summed up by the state on a two-day test.