ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) — Florida’s standardized tests will not be tied to student promotion and high school graduation this school year.
The new emergency order issued Friday by the state of Florida is a move that educators and parents across the state have been calling for.
“Over the past year and beyond, Florida has led on prioritizing the education and well-being of our state’s students,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “This emergency order will empower students, families and teachers with data on students’ progress and growth and provide them with the necessary tools to create the best educational experience for each individual.”
The order allows Florida school districts and schools flexibility to determine on a case-by-case basis if a senior’s high school record demonstrates a comparable level of achievement to state assessments. If so, they will be allowed to graduate.
It also gives districts and schools local discretion to determine promotion and course grade decisions, including courses that require end-of-course exams.
Normally, third grade students must pass the state reading exam to be moved into fourth grade, but that is waived this year under the order.
The state will not issue school grades unless a school district opts into the process, according to the order.
Learning across the state has been disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many students learning remotely.