An Alachua County teacher is risking her job to take a stand against what she says is unnecessary standardized testing.
Susan Bowles, 59, has 26 years of education experience and is currently teaching kindergarten at Chiles Elementary.
Testing of kindergarten students has increased over the years, she said, but it reached a crescendo for her this year when one of the tests moved online.
The FAIR, a diagnostic test that predicts students’ success in reading, is administered to all public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade, per state law, three times a year.
Discovery Ed, a national test measuring kindergarten through third-grade students’ mastery of skills like comprehension and word recognition, is also administered three times a year.