Gov. Rick Scott considering FCAT changes

Parents concerned about standardized testing

A look at how local students did with the FCAT scores.
A look at how local students did with the FCAT scores.

TALAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott is considering changes to the FCAT.

Last week, Scott said Florida students are tested too much.

In June, the Florida School Board Association drafted a resolution on standardized testing. It called for changes to the FCAT to be slowly phased in and use other performance factors besides tests to evaluated teachers and students.

Wayne Blanton, the association's president, said Florida high school students take about a dozen standardized tests before they graduated.

"Most students out there are spending about 38 to 40 days a year in a testing mode and we feel that's too many," he said.

Teresa Boles, a mother of two girls, agrees.

"We found a lot of frustration this past year and the amount of preparation and the fact that they cannot stay on a subject longer in order to make sure the students get it," said Boles.

Next year, Boles is taking her daughters out of public schools and placing them in a new charter school.

"Hopefully at the charter school they won't have as much emphasis on the testing," said Boles.

She's not the only parents worried about standardized testing. A hotline set up this summer received 3,000 phone calls about the FCAT 2.0. The governor's office also reported receiving more complaints about the test than ever before.

Scott's office didn't say what changes are being considered, but the FCAT won't be phased out.