Florida Seeks Waiver from Federal Testing Rules, Public Comment Being Accepted

Florida Seeks Waiver from Federal Testing Rules, Public Comment Being Accepted

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Florida education officials are preparing to ask the U.S. Department of Education to waive certain federal accountability rules regarding this spring’s academic testing.

The Florida Department of Education has drafted a proposed waiver and is seeking the public’s input. You can find the draft accountability waiver here. Public comments can be made by emailing ESSA@fldoe.org.

The deadline to provide public comment is March 31 2021.

Important: If approved, this federal waiver would NOT exempt Florida’s students from participating in state-mandated testing — including the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA). These state assessments are still required under Florida statutes and would be subject to accountability rules under state law.

What the proposed federal waiver would do is provide relief from certain federal accountability rules. For instance, one such federal accountability rule would be that a minimum of 95 percent of students be tested. FLDOE has provided more time for schools to conduct spring’s assessments so students can be socially distanced but getting 95 percent of students tested in some of the more populous areas might be challenging.

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