FEA Press Release
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) Vice President Joanne McCall said Wednesday that the Florida Department of Education and top officials who set its course show a rigid adherence to standardized tests at the expense of Florida’s students.
McCall showed the debut of a new FEA video, “Our Students Are More Than a Test,” which shows students at Karen M. Siegel Academy in Lake Alfred in Polk County and their struggles with state-mandated standardized tests. The students, who have severe disabilities, are required to participate in standardized tests that clearly are not appropriate.
“I was saddened – and angered – to watch this video and to see what students must go through to meet Department of Education requirements,” McCall said. “Yet these tests are used by the Department of Education and required by state officials to grade schools and evaluate teachers. This video illustrates clearly that the state follows a rigid adherence to the test, not what’s good for our students.”
McCall added that the children shown in “Our Students Are More Than a Test” were a clear example of the state’s misuse of testing, but other students were also impacted by the state’s unbending attitude toward testing.
“These high-stakes tests are valued above everything else by those who set education policy in Florida,” McCall said. “They are valued more than teachers and other school employees, they are valued more than administrators and local officials who run our schools and they are valued more than the children we work with each day to educate and prepare for their lives as respected members of our society.
“We need to bring some sanity to this testing madness.”