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Episode 4: Let’s Get Ready to Bubble?

Read the transcript from Episode 4

The debate over statewide standardized assessments continues following the decision by the U.S. Education Department (USED) to continue its annual testing required under the Student Success Act.

The ruling has left some Florida parents and educators, who had hoped the feds would give states a pass on this year’s tests due to the pandemic, feeling dismayed and disappointed.

The USED Covid testing guidance provides considerable flexibility to states. Florida would not be required to use its student performance results for 3rd or 12th grade retention, school grading, or teacher evaluations. States have been given the option to shorten the assessment and eliminate its in-person testing requirement.

The federal modification has those opposed to testing questioning how the Florida Department of Education would interpret the ruling, but some parents believe the testing relief won’t matter because they the push for assessments during Covid reveals something much bigger other than the need to help students succeed.

Guests

  • Karla Mats: Parent, ESE Teacher, and the president of United Teachers of Dade
  • Ceresta Smith: National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and Co-Founder of United Opt-Out National
  • Marie-Claire Leman: Parent and advocate for Title 1 schools

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