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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has suspended its online assessment of students in kindergarten through second grade.
Stewart noted in a memo to school district superintendents on Monday that teachers will observe children's reading abilities in a more informal setting.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1uDiFBj ) reports critics of the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading raised the issue over the past few weeks. The Lee County School Board briefly opted out of statewide testing before rescinding the action a week later amid threats of lost funding. And Alachua County kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles announced that she would not administer FAIR tests to students this year.
FAIR tests are administered three times a year to monitor students' progress and aren't tied to school grades or funding.
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