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Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter

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Delaney Ware and her mother Jeanne Viviani agree that FCAT isn't for her. Delaney Ware and her mother Jeanne Viviani agree that FCAT isn't for her.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

Many children would not take standardized test if they had the choice, but for one Bay area child, her mother made that choice for her.

“I didn’t see a value in it,” said Bradenton parent Jeanne Viviani.  Viviani decided last summer she didn’t want her 11-year-old Delaney to take the FCAT this school year. Delaney has learning differences impact her ability to process language.

“She required an excessive amount of accommodations. In order for her to do that she needed a lot more time and prep work and had to be taken to a separate room where kids have more time and that kind of thing. It didn’t set right with me,” said Viviani.

Viviani alerted the school where her daughter attends at the beginning of the school year, and she was warned about the consequences of not having her daughter tested.

“'If you do, she gets a special diploma when she graduates, if you opt out she may not be promoted',” Viviani said she was told.

News Channel 8 checked with the Florida Department of Education. Spokeswoman Cheryl Etters said by email “there are no state consequences for non-participation in state assessments.”

“Section 1008.22(3), Florida Statutes, states that participation in the state assessment program is mandatory for all school districts and all students attending public schools, including students seeking an adult high school diploma,” added Etters.

Viviani is one of many parents across the state of Florida and nationally who have recently decided they do not want their children taking the FCAT. Vivani reached out to other parents through the group United Opt Out, which informed her of her rights.

Despite the warnings, Viviani said no other parent she’s heard from has said their child has been held back a grade level after not taking the FCAT. When it comes to a special diploma, she’s not worried too much about the impact on Delaney’s future.

“I believe that if she wants to go to college that would be great. Could she still get into college? Yes she could, because kids with GEDs get into college,” said Viviani.

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