Florida

Putting Education Reform To The Test

Gov. Scott Wants Tax Credit Scholarship Students Tested

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants private school students who receive a tax credit-funded scholarship to take the same standardized tests as public school students. Some private schools say they oppose the idea.

While some private schools like to rank students statewide, others call the tests a waste.

Barbara Bedingfield, founding director of Suncoast Waldorf School in Palm Harbor, dislikes the idea of teaching to the tests.

“It’s like planting a plant and pulling it up out of the ground repeatedly to see how it’s doing,” she said. “Of course it’s not going to thrive.”

Twenty-one of the 108 students at her school are on the scholarships and currently take national tests required to get the funds. They don’t prepare for the test, Bedingfield said.

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