If FSA goes away, what will take its place?

Reporter: Emma Heaton
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Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to do away with the FSA but it’s unclear what would take its place. (CREDIT: WINIK News)

There is a plan to ditch the Florida Standards Assessment known as the FSA.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said it’s outdated but something will have to take its place.

“It’s gonna be more student-friendly,” DeSantis said. “It’s gonna be more parent-friendly. It’s gonna be more teacher-friendly.”

Bob Schaeffer is the executive director of Fair Test, the nation’s standardized testing watchdog. He likes DeSantis’ idea to replace the FSA with three smaller tests called progress monitoring.

State lawmakers will begin working on the details in the coming weeks but nothing will be finalized until they take up the bill and vote on it during the legislative session next year.

“Unless the proposal addresses all the ways that test scores are misused in Florida, here, they’re used for grade promotion, high school graduation, school and district grades, voucher eligibility,” said Schaeffer, adding that, “Just changing the name of the test, and how often it’s given, if you continue all those misuses is not a positive change.”


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