F.A.S.T. testing replacing FSA in Florida after Gov. DeSantis signs bill

Governor DeSantis signed a bill eliminating the annual student assessments – in favor of a “progress monitoring” system.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – No more FSA testing for Florida students after this year.

Governor DeSantis signed a bill eliminating the annual student assessments – in favor of a “progress monitoring” system.

The FSA, according to the governor, will be replaced with the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T.).

The Florida Education Association said the bill does not reduce the amount of standardized testing that students take and it doesn’t eliminate the big make-or-break test at the end of the year.

DeSantis said the F.A.S.T. will take place three times a year with tests that will take hours versus days, and added that it will monitor student progress and foster individual growth.

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It will be the new metric used to figure out school grades, teacher accountability – and whether or not a student graduates high school.

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