Florida’s Testing Obsession: Threats, Lies, and the Emotional Toll.

This is happening in Delaware too parents. Except for the high school part since Governor Markell and Secretary Godowsky made that not-so-wise decision to replace Smarter Balanced for high school juniors with the Common Core realigned SAT…


The end of March put testing season in Florida into full swing and that means Stress with a capital “S.” Many of Florida parents have dealt with the stresses associated with their own children’s state testing. We tell them “it’s only a test” or “do your best.” Some children cope better than others. Those with severe anxiety are finding it difficult to see mental health professionals who, by report, have been inundated with cases of test and school anxiety.

As an advocate for the elimination of high stakes testing, I hear stories from around the state. Many (but not all) of these stories are related to test refusal (the so called “Opt Out or “Minimal Participation). The stories may be intense, bizarre, sometimes heart-breaking. For me, it is like witnessing a horrible car accident; once you’ve seen it, it is difficult to get it out of your mind.

I share…

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