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Public schools may get to use alternative test

Posted at 1:07 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 13:17:35-05

Florida's public schools may get to use alternative tests such as the SAT and ACT for their yearly tests.

A Senate panel voted Tuesday for a bill that would give school districts the option of switching from the Florida Standards Assessment to other standardized tests.

The FSA was first administered last spring and replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. It's based on a new set of school standards that are linked to the national standards called Common Core that some parents oppose.

Sen. Don Gaetz says he sponsored the bill (SB 1360) to offer schools and parents a choice from the current test.

But Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has already questioned the proposal. Stewart has said college admission tests such as the SAT and ACT are not aligned to Florida's standards.