Governor Scott to eliminate unnecessary testing in Florida future


After completing a testing investigation requested by Governor Rick Scott, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart recently recommended a reduction in the amount of required tests Florida public school students take.

“We worked closely with each school district to understand how many standardized tests are currently being administered. There is, without a doubt, an excess of testing in Florida schools,” Stewart said after analyzing data collected from the investigation.

Stewart recommended enacting four new measures, including the elimination of the grade 11 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for English Language Arts.  Governor Scott seconded her recommendations immediately.

“A quality education prepares students to succeed in college or a career so they can pursue their dreams,” Scott said. “As I have traveled the state, I have heard from parents and teachers that there are too many tests and I agree.”