02/06/16 – By Lloyd Dunkelberger
Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, is backing a bill that would let Florida school districts use standardized national tests, like the ACT or SAT, to replace testing under the more controversial Florida Standards Assessments, which was used by the schools last spring. Gaetz’s bill would give the 67 districts the option of using the FSA or switching to the national tests beginning this fall. But questions have been raised, including whether the optional tests are aligned with Florida’s standards and whether the new testing plan can be implemented in less than a year. So far, the House has not moved any similar plan.