Less State tests in Florida

Less State tests in Florida

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Ivy Steelmann started this petition to Florida State Senate and

In Florida, students of all ages have to take state mandated tests at the beginning of the year, every quarter, every semester, at the end of the year, and rarely, randomly. In addition to these five tests that are mandatory, teachers often times give tests themselves that affect the child's grade. This is bad for the students' mental health. Testing is stressful, frustrating, and takes a long enough time to be affected by it. Studying is a pain, and when middle and high schoolers have seven to eight classes on their plate, they have to take up to 30 state tests a school year, possibly multiple per day. While the students are stressed about having to take the tests, teachers are the ones being evaluated by these assessments. Some children might not be a their best the day of the test and would just select random answers in order to complete it. This would make them score poorly and in turn, reflect the educator's teaching skills as poor. Also, when a child who is confident going into the test fails it, this can damage their self - esteem. The current Florida state governor says that "We want to be very high quality. We want to demand excellence. But I think we want to do that in a way that’s responsive to some of the concerns that we’ve had over the many number of years." This was DeSantis encouraging more tests. Because of the virus, students are staying at home for school and doing testing completely online. This means that on the test days, they are logging onto school, going to first period, the teacher is saying "It's PMA day," taking the test, going to second period and the same thing happening, and so on, until the day ends. From staring at screens all day, testing all day, and getting a small five minute break between classes with the exception of lunch, it seems impossible for stress to be nonexistent. Let's persuade the state officials to make the tests be at the beginning of the year, between semesters, and at the end of the year with no random assessments sporadically placed. Make the kid's lives manageable.

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