Florida State Board of Ed votes on testing

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 18:30:56-05
FORT MYERS, FLA.- The State Board of Education voted 6-1 to approve scoring for new Florida Standards Assessment. 
The state-mandated tests that determine whether kids move past third grade, what classes they can take and whether they can graduate high school.
The State Board of Education voted to approve scoring- dividing scores into five levels, which will decide how well a student needs to do to pass. 
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said she's thrilled, "I am convinced that the state board of education's decision is right for Florida's students."
The President of the Lee County Teacher's Association, Mark Castellano, told Fox 4 teachers, parents, and students are fed up with tests and raising the bar, might not have the outcome the state is hoping for.
 "The idea that we're going to test students into academic achievement is ridiculous."
In a second vote, the state board of education approved a plan for grading public schools. A vote that's consistent with last year's policy. 
The department will issue final 2014-2015 school grades on February 9th.