So now depending upon which district you live will decide if you’re promoted to fourth grade. There is nothing standardized about any of this

Diane Ravitch's blog

Two Florida school districts–Sarasota and Manatee–have warned parents their children will not be promoted if they opt out of state testing.

The only way to opt out of the state test is to take a state test before opting out. Alice in Wonderland?

Even students who have earned high marks all year will be retained in grade.

“Third-grade students in Sarasota and Manatee counties who refused to take the state’s standardized English Language Arts test and a subsequent alternative test will be held back, school officials say.

“District officials have contacted several parents saying that because their students opted out of taking the state test, called the Florida Standards Assessment, they must take an alternative test to progress from third grade to fourth. If students do not take the test, officials said they will have to repeat third grade.

“School districts across the state are wrestling with what to do…

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