Board members in Florida’s Lee County School District on Tuesday backtracked on their unprecedented decision to opt out of state standardized tests for the coming school year, less than a week after the initial decision. As states grapple with tying high-stakes consequences to unfamiliar standardized tests aligned with the Common Core standards, there is a growing push to reduce both the frequency and the gravity of the exams.
One board member, Mary Fischer, changed her vote on Tuesday, after calling for a special meeting just two days after board members voted to opt out of the state-mandated tests.
“I have decided to rescind my vote for a variety of reasons, Fischer said, according to The News-Press. “The vote from Aug. 27 for immediate opt out of all state-mandated, standardized testing has multiple consequences, which are not in the best interest of our students … The kids have been my life’s work, which is why I am calling for reconsideration.”