Teacher and parent groups say Florida public school students are spending too much time taking – and getting ready for – assessments.
Now, Senate President Andy Gardiner says lawmakers will likely hold hearings to review the amount of testing being done.
“I think the jury’s still out on, you know, are we over testing,” Gardiner told reporters at the Capitol. “But the idea that we would walk away from something that we could have measurable goals and we could compare ourselves to other states – it’s hard to see that the legislature would go in that direction.”
Gardiner says he believes in testing and accountability, but he’s also heard from voters that may have legitimate concerns.
“You have to start with defining testing,” Gardiner said. “You know, is preparing for a test that the state mandates considered testing?”
Yes, according to the statewide teacher’s union.