As Florida’s 2016 legislative session fast approaches, lawmakers keep filing education-related bills even during the holiday lull. The latest: Rep. Reggie Fullwood’s proposal to create a social services oriented pilot program for the state’s poorest, most academically struggling schools.
One highly anticipated measure, though, remains conspicuously absent. On the heels of spring testing troubles, and amid calls to reduce student assessments, some key legislative leaders said they wanted to give some students and schools the option of replacing state exams with nationally recognized ones.
The idea, building off a testing proposal that Seminole County officials generated, aimed to let students use single tests such as Advanced Placement for multiple purposes. It garnered support early, but also carried complications that even students easily identified.