Florida cancels K-12 testing amid coronavirus outbreak, schools staying closed through April 15

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida has canceled all testing for this year amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday. He also announced schools will stay closed through at least April 15.

“All remaining testing for school readiness, voluntary pre-K and K-12 will be canceled for the school year,” DeSantis said during a news conference. “Requirements for graduation and promotion and final course grades will be evaluated as though those assessments did not exist.”

Parents will also be able to keep their children in the same grade for the 2021 school year, if they choose.

According to the governor, unspent funds from the 2019-2020 school year are being directed to help low-income students establish internet services and purchase digital devices.

Plant High School PTSA president Michele Shapiro tells 8 On Your Side she doesn’t just worry about her sophomore daughter’s education at this time, but also classmates who may not have the same resources at home to succeed in a remote environment.

“There are already so many inequalities in the system that I think this is only going to expose more disparities,” Shapiro said by Facetime interview. “I have no idea how this is all going to look like.”

With college assessments like the SAT and ACT also postponed, Shapiro explained many Plant juniors are stressed about how this could impact their upcoming college applications…an already stressful process Shapiro just went through with her oldest daughter.

“I’m hoping that’s something the colleges will be able to set some guidelines for,” she said. “Because it’s going to be up to them on what they’re going to look at.”


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