Florida public schools could get ok to use alternative tests


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A push to let Florida’s public schools use alternative tests is moving ahead in the Florida Senate.

A Senate panel voted Tuesday for a bill that would give school districts the option of switching from the Florida Standards Assessment to tests such as the SAT and ACT.

The bill (SB 1360) now moves to the full Senate but it’s unclear if it will pass. The session is scheduled to end March 11.

The FSA was first administered last spring. It’s based on standards linked to the national standards called Common Core that some parents oppose.

Sen. Don Gaetz says the bill would offer schools and parents a choice.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has already questioned the proposal. Stewart has said college admission tests such as the SAT and ACT are not aligned to Florida’s standards.

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