The Opt Out Florida Network is celebrating substantial victories today with the Order issued by Judge Karen Gievers. Mandatory Third Grade Retention is a cornerstone of Florida’s failed Accountability System that tests and punishes our students. Today was a good day for Florida’s students, but this fight is not over. Our work to support children being assessed on their 180 days of classroom work, to include the professional teacher as a primary expert in these decisions, continues.
As of today, a Judge rules Florida third grader can be promoted based on a portfolio or a report card, unless their parents have been notified that there is a reading deficiency.
Judge Gievers also confirmed that minimally participating (Opting Out) does indeed satisfy the requirement of the law.
In the coming days, Florida school districts, and the Florida Department of Education, will attempt to appeal and to ask for stays of this order…
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