School districts across the state received scores Wednesday for the controversial Florida standards assessment test.
Superintendents in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties told state education leaders they have lost faith in the state testing system.
Dr. Greg Adkins has been acting superintendent for two weeks and on Wednesday, he took a big stance against state education leaders.
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One of the demands is to suspend high-stakes accountability for both teachers and students.
NBC2 found parents who are concerned the tests are jeopardizing their children’s future.
Some of the FSA testing results released Wednesday have parents expressing a lot of their concerns about state testing in schools.
“It’s one of those things that has limited the teachers has limited funding and has put an unfair advantage on different schools,” said Melissa Panneton, a Lee County parent.
NBC2 spoke with parents said that effect trickles down to children in the district who took the FSA for the first time in 2015.
“It teaches kids to be drones almost, and basically run with a system, and eat a system rather than learning,” said John French, a Lee County parent.
NBC2 also spoke with superintendents from both Lee and Collier Counties Wednesday, who said the results released don’t reflect individual learning gains.
“You need to have individuality and room for each student to reach their potential and their own individual knowledge,” said Panneton.
The parents also said students aren’t the only ones on potentially thin ice with these results, as accountability also affects teachers.
“It’s ridiculous to expect the teacher raises to be based on these types of things. I think you have a lot of great teachers out there. I actually worked in the school system for just a year as a speech therapist, and I saw how hard the teachers work,” said Cherie French, a Lee County Parent.
The results released Wednesday were only on a district level. Individual student results won’t be available until December.
In Lee County, elementary math and English and language arts scores were on par with state averages.