News in Brief
Gov. Orders Suspension of 11th Grade Test in Fla.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced last week that he will issue an executive order suspending the state's required 11th grade test. His move comes in the wake of rising opposition to testing in the Sunshine State, and a report, released at the same time, urging state leaders to cut back on standardized testing.
Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart collected information from districts about the time their schools spend on testing. She found that the amount of testing had declined in some grades, such as the 10th, where students now face 4½ hours of testing, down from 10 in 2007.
But Ms. Stewart also identified several grades, including the 11th, where the amount of testing has risen, and she singled them out for action.
Vol. 34, Issue 22, Page 4