School stops serving Mountain Dew before FCAT

Creel Elementary halts long-standing practice of serving soda before tests

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MELBOURNE, Fla. - A complaint that elementary school students were drinking Mountain Dew before taking a high-stakes, standardized test has prompted Creel Elementary School to stop the long-standing practice.

The Melbourne school has been serving students trail mix and a small amount of Mountain Dew, about 3 tablespoons, before administering the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test each day, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

But giving students a sugary drink before the test, which is used in educational decisions -- from teacher evaluations to student retentions -- has raised concerns.

That includes the risk of students crashing from a sugar high mid-test, and the fact that state law prevents schools from selling soda.

A grandmother contacted local media about the practice, drawing the attention of administrators from Brevard Public schools.

"Once that was brought to our attention, we eliminated that practice," Brevard Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Irwin said. "We've advised Creel Elementary to only provide water as a beverage."

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