Florida Gov. Orders Less Testing In State’s Public Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is suspending a test given to the state’s 11th graders.

Scott said Wednesday he will issue an executive order that will suspend one of the standardized tests given to students. Scott said he is making the move in anticipation of the Florida Legislature permanently eliminating the test.

Scott is issuing the order after Education Commissioner Pam Stewart completed an investigation into the number of tests given by school districts. Stewart is calling for a reduction in the number of tests.

Florida has been giving annual tests in all grades from third to 11th as part of a law pushed into place by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Stewart is also asking legislators to eliminate final exams in subjects where students take an end of course test.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.