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Parent is taking her child out of school for two weeks during the FCAT

7:53 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a required test one parent says her daughter is not going to take. This is how parent Sandy Bittner views the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT: "It treats the children unequally, based on their education, how they're expected to do on the test," she said.

Bittner told First Coast News she has decided to not allow her third grade daughter take the test.  It's a test that is mandated by Florida statutes for all students in the Sunshine State.  "My family has moral issues against the FCAT in that children are treated unfairly," she explained

While that may sound like a good argument, the current statute does not allow for any FCAT opt-outs.  "I decided then the stakes were too high.  It was explained to me, if you do not pass, you do not continue on to the fourth grade," she said.

Duval School district does offer other options for student who don't pass, so they can advance to the fourth grade.  But for now, since Bittner is not allowing her 8-year-old to take the test, she has decided not to allow her child to go to school during the two week testing period, which is happening right now.

Duval Schools Superintendant Dr. Nikolai Vitti said he is sympathetic to the parent's objections, but he says his district has to comply with the State statute.

First Coast News

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