Help students. Change the GKT - Individualize the price of GKT segments

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Change the GKT - Individualize the price of GKT segments.


Give students an option: Request that the State of Florida Legislators within the Department of Education (Division 6L. Board of Education) adjust the fee of the FTCE General Knowledge Test (GKT).


• The GKT is one that all pre-service teachers (college students majoring in education) must take and pass to begin their professional career in education. Currently, the initial fee is $130 dollars, and the retake fee is $150 dollars for any combination of 4 segments: Reading, Grammar, Essay, and Math.


• Students pay $150 dollars every time they re-sit the exam until they pass all segments. This flat rate fee disadvantages financially strapped students who postpone retaking the exam until they can pay as opposed to when they are academically ready. This also disadvantages students who have particular learning disabilities by financially penalizing them for what they don’t know. This, in turn, affects the amount of diversity within the school systems of Florida.


• How can we make the retake fee fair? In this petition, we, as the undersigned, are asking that the Legislators change their policy. Testing agencies must give education students an option: a fair unit price per segment attempted. We propose an individual fee of $35 dollars per segment instead of a fixed fee of $130 for all 4 segments. Any retake should be $35 dollars per segment.


• Support those who support your children’s education by signing this petition.



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