It would seem that a new bill on reducing the testing requirement is likely to emerge says Senate Education Committee acting chair Wilton Simpson. Currently, Senator Flores supports moving the state assessment tests to the end of the school year. Senator Montford’s bill actually reduces the number of tests, moves testing to the end of the year, and decouples FSA gain scores from teacher evaluations. Gain scores have been largely discredited because they are not stable indicators of teachers’ effectiveness.
Watch for the compromise bill in the Senate. The House version of this bill, HB 773, eliminates no tests. It moves the testing window.