Froe Florida Times-Union reporter Teresa Stepzinski:
The Duval County School Board on Tuesday will discuss whether to jump on the bandwagon of school districts statewide calling for alternatives to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
It will take up the matter during a Board Development Meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Room 613 at the school district administration building, 1701 Prudential Drive.
The discussion is the last matter on the three-item agenda.
School Board members in Brevard and school districts throughout the state have approved resolutions calling for Gov. Rick Scott, the state Board of Education and the Legislature to change the system which makes the FCAT the primary measure of student, teacher and school accountability.
In a growing movement, parents, teachers, and school boards are voicing dismay with the FCAT and end-of-course exams, which depending on the grade level can determine if a student is promoted or graduates.
Such high-stakes testing, they say, places too much pressure on students and teacher