Florida – Recent modifications to student testing protocols in Florida have elicited concerns among parents.
The Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) has been replaced by the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) tests.
Initiated the previous year, this transition incorporates an intricate scoring methodology, prompting discussions on its potential implications for student development.
The Broward Council of PTAs, a group boasting around 17,000 parent members, has consistently underscored the need to diminish testing frequency and accentuate the quality of classroom education.
In the past year, they diligently disseminated pertinent details about the newly introduced FAST tests.
As schools reopen for the new academic year, the emphasis on students’ mental well-being is gaining importance. Parents are strongly advocating for their children’s psychological well-being to be recognized and addressed in the school environment, with many advocating for the appointment of dedicated school psychologists.
Conversely, those who homeschool their children express reservations about the school administration’s proposed three-year data collection strategy and the accompanying provisional protocols.