ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque
Concerned for the Future of Lee County Students
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., “We are deeply disappointed by the Lee County School Board’s vote to abandon Florida’s academic tests and with it, their responsibility for the success of the community’s students.
“Not only do these academic checkups provide an honest assessment to parents of how their children are progressing in school, they also prepare students for the future because tests are a part of life.
“Measuring student achievement is the cornerstone of a strong accountability system that allows our children to learn to their full potential and be competitive with their peers across the state, nation and around the globe. Tests also shine a light on where school systems need to improve, where they need to invest more resources. Without them some schools and students would fall through the cracks.
“The Lee County School Board is neglecting its duty to ensure a meaningful education for their students and uphold state law.”
“Instead of refusing to participate in a small number of state tests which actually provide taxpayers and the public with some meaningful measure of how schools and districts are performing across the state, Lee County should first look locally. Last year, the county required more than 160 tests over and above state required assessments. A better choice would be focusing on fewer and better tests in their own community instead of using the state as a scapegoat.”