Parkland Shooting: Lawmakers Say Let School’s Students Skip State Tests

Students at the Parkland high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting should not have to take state-mandated exams this semester, the Legislature decided, carving out from Florida’s testing rules an exemption for teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The exemption is in a controversial education bill (HB 7055) that both the Florida House and Senate approved Monday. If the bill is signed into law by Sen. Rick Scott, students at the Broward County school could skip all state exams, including the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA, and end-of-course exams in algebra, biology and U.S. history.

A spokesman for the Florida Department of Education said, to staff members’ knowledge, this would be the first time a public school was granted permission to avoid state tests, which are taken by students in third grade through high school.

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