Superintendents object to Florida Plan for alternate high school reading, algebra tests

Plans to revise Florida high school student options for key state tests have run into some objections from the state’s superintendents.

The Florida Association of District School Superintendents has suggested that the Department of Education’s proposal to do away with the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test as an alternative to the Algebra I end-of course exam could have negative consequences for students. The department has recommended using the PSAT as the second option for students who do not pass the Algebra I EOC, which is required for graduation.

Department officials said the PERT has only middle school expectations, and that’s not good enough. In its letter to the department, FADSS argued that students should have access to both PSAT and PERT while the state researches the comparative value of each.

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