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Leon County Superintendent Wants to Suspend Standardized Test Results

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 19:23:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Superintendents in Florida are calling for a suspension of the state's standardized testing after finding flaws with the Florida Standards Assessment this spring.

The Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADDS) wants a full review of the state's accountability system, which uses standardized tests to evaluate students and teachers.

Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons says the state needs to take a timeout from testing to figure out the best way to handle the scores from this spring.

FADDS has recommended the state suspend any results from that exam, arguing those scores would negatively impact students, teachers and schools.

The group says it's "lost confidence" in the accountability system. Pons agrees that this spring's administration of the test did not meet high standards.

"We know that our students had problems when they went in to test online," Pons said. "Some of them had to wait up to 45 minutes. What we don't want to do is penalize our students, our teachers or our schools, because of problems related to testing."

On Monday, the State Department of Education recommended passing scores for the new Florida Standards Assessment in an effort to get students to meet grade level expectations.

The superintendents, however, recommend issuing an incomplete score to all schools for the past school year, based on the data from the assessment, which they said was "limited" and "flawed."

WTXL took a closer look at standardized testing in Florida. You can find that episode of "The Insiders" here.