Some Central Florida parents who had their third graders skip Florida's standardized reading test now find their children threatened with being held back, even if they are strong readers who finished the school year with good report cards.
The parents, part of the "opt out" movement opposed to high-stakes testing, are furious.
They are convinced school districts are not following state law and are instead retaliating against families who refused to take part in the Florida Standards Assessments. They did so as an act of civil disobedience to protest what they view as the state's over-reliance on an unproven standardized test.
"There's no reason for a third grader with straight As to be retained," said parent Rhonda Nickerson, whose 9-year-old daughter may be barred from fourth grade at a Seminole County elementary school. "What are they going to do with her in third grade again?"
Nickerson's daughter did not take the FSA. Her report card shows the girl earned As in all her academic subjects. But it also reads, "Student Retained in Grade 3."
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