Published Online: September 2, 2014

Superintendent to board: Cancel testing 'opt-out'

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The superintendent of a Florida school district that voted to opt-out of state standardized testing will ask the board to rescind its decision.

Lee County schools Superintendent Nancy Graham will make the request at a board meeting Tuesday in Fort Myers.

In a first for Florida districts, the Lee County board chose by a 3-2 vote not to administer the test tied to the Common Core academic tests or any end-of-course exams.

The decision could have vast implications for students: The Florida School Boards Association has warned that students who don't take the state's standardized tests won't meet the requirements to earn a standard high school diploma.

The state's standardized test also is used to evaluate teachers and issue school grades.

The Lee County decision came after opposition from parents.

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