Florida may no longer hold back 3rd graders who fail test

School Testing
Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-25 18:18:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida may stop holding back third-grade students who fare badly on the state's standardized tests.

A Senate panel on Wednesday agreed to suspend the policy until the state's new standardized test is independently validated. The state this year switched to a new test that replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Senators included the provision in a major testing bill (SB 616) that is moving this session. They also agreed to suspend a graduation requirement until the test is validated.

Florida has been holding back third graders who fail the main standardized test since 1999. The retention policy was a key part of the A+ education law pushed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush has been touting his education policies as he prepares for a likely bid for president.

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