State testing lawsuit heads to court

Tallahassee judge to hear motions from both sides


ORLANDO, Fla. – Both sides of a controversial lawsuit surrounding state testing are expected to meet Monday in a Tallahassee courtroom.

Nearly a dozen parents are suing school districts across the state, including those in Orange and Seminole counties. 

The lawsuit centers around a group of third-graders who were held back for not taking the FSA, or the Florida Standards Assessments. The families of the students are seeking to get the children promoted to fourth grade, despite opting out of the exam. 

New legislation passed this year says in order to get into fourth grade, a student must take the FSA and get a level 2 or higher.

State officials argue that the decision is up to the individual district to promote a student who opted out of taking the state exam. 


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