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Leon County Schools Superintendent Asks Florida Governor for Executive Action

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Posted at 4:08 PM, May 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-14 16:08:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)- Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons has sent Governor Rick Scott a letter, asking for executive action to suspend testing consequences and school grades.

In the letter, Pons says there are three main issues he would like the Governor to address. 

He mentioned problems with end of course state tests, pointing to ones taken earlier this week, saying "We have experienced numerous issues with the administration of state assessments, including yesterday's End of Course tests administered through PearsonAccess."

Secondly, Pons says the schools will not receive scores for the Florida Standards Assessment in English, Language Arts and Math until September, when they were originally expected in June. That means grades will have to be recalculated when the data comes in.

Finally, Pons requested to use local data for teacher evaluations instead of state assessments so schools can complete the evaluations by the end of the current school year.

Pons also used the letter to commend the Governor for recently making the decision to decrease the amount of state testing and calling for an increase in student funding.

To see the full letter, click here.