Published Online: September 2, 2014

Florida school district cancels testing opt-out

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Lee County school board has rescinded its vote to opt-out of the state's standardized testing.

At a meeting Tuesday morning, the board voted 3-2 in favor of resuming testing.

In a first for Florida districts, Lee County voted last week not to administer tests tied to the Common Core academic standards or any end-of-course exams.

The decision reflected opposition from parents concerned too much emphasis has been placed on standardized tests.

Superintendent Nancy Graham warned the decision could hurt students and asked the board to change their vote.

The Florida School Boards Association said students who didn't take the state's standardized tests won't meet the requirements to earn a standard high school diploma.

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