Parents are making private choices about Florida Standards Assessments testing for their children. As Education Commissioner Pam Stewart issues “if you don’t like it leave” threats to families and districts, insanity is taking root. Example: The autistic son of Pinellas County parent, Elizabeth Shea, relies on his service dog at school. The dog and his handler, who happens to be Shea, were banned when the child attempted the FSA. The result was extreme anxiety. Sadly, Florida’s high-stakes testing obsession breeds bureaucrats eager to deprive a child of rights guaranteed to him by the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s insane.
Note: Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, published this update on April 3, 2016 describing how the FSA/standardized testing obsession effects Florida’s most vulnerable students.