Statement on Committee Passage of Florida’s “Fewer, Better Tests” Legislation

Statement on Committee Passage of Florida’s “Fewer, Better Tests” Legislation

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Foundation for Florida’s Future issued the following statement today on the House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee passage of House Bill 773.

The legislation would give teachers more time to teach by moving statewide assessments to the end of the school year, increase transparency by providing teachers and parents with easy-to-understand and actionable student score reports, and ensure teachers receive timely results from local assessments to help inform classroom instruction.

"Today’s unanimous, bipartisan vote is an important first step to moving Florida toward the goal of fewer, better tests. We commend Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr. for presenting this important piece of legislation, which will truly give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn," said Debbie Mortham, Florida Legislative Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. "This bill also ensures that statewide assessments provide teachers and parents the vital and valuable information they need to help their students.”

Representative Manny Diaz, Jr. and Representative Chris Sprowls introduced HB 773, also known as Florida’s Fewer, Better Tests legislation, to improve and enhance K-12 statewide assessments.

In surveys of more than 400 Florida K-12 public educators and 400 Florida parents, respondents overwhelmingly agreed with moving statewide assessments to the last three weeks of the school year and providing parents and teachers with easy-to-understand student score reports.

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