If Florida stays its current course on standardized testing, Kim Johnson believes her son will become a casualty of the system when he starts third grade next year.
He learns differently than other kids his age, but he’ll have to take a test that doesn’t account for those differences.
And if he fails it, Johnson’s son may not be allowed to move on to fourth grade.
“The standardized testing completely undermines what we’re trying to do,” which is help him learn, Johnson said.
So last Tuesday, Johnson and about 200 other parents, teachers and other concerned citizens gathered at Westside Park to hear each other’s stories and talk about what they can do to stop or slow Florida’s testing plan.