New FL Standardized Tests OK: Study

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida’s high stakes tests taken by millions of school children are valid according to a new independent study.

But the study released Tuesday by the Department of Education continues to raise serious questions about the test known as the Florida Standards Assessment. The test replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment and is based on standards linked to Common Core.

The study says the troubled rollout of the test this past spring means that the test scores of some students who took it online “will be suspect.” The study said there are no problems with school children who took the test on paper and pencil. Approximately 2.4 million tests were given online this year.

State legislators ordered the study after there were problems with the administration of the test.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said in a statement the department will be able to use this year’s test scores in calculating school grades.