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Duval schools have until Aug. 30 to administer IOWA test

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Updated: 8/19/2013 12:14 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After class schedules are handed out and desks are assigned, Duval County Schools' first order of business will be to administer a brand-new reading proficiency test.

It's called the IOWA test and it was approved by the Duval County School Board over the summer.

Every school in the county will have until Aug. 30 to administer the exam.

Jaylyn Ceasar is a student at Wolfson High School, she says students should be given time to adjust before they're made to take a test.

"I'm kind of iffy about it because all summer I haven't been doing much reading," said Ceasar.

That's exactly the reason why Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti says the exam is necessary. If a student doesn't do well, he or she will be placed in a class to help improve reading skills.

"So we're using the IOWA also to determine what kids should be in the low-level reading class, or upper-level reading class, or should they even be in a remediation class," said Vitti.

But after two months of summer vacation, some students don't feel as prepared as they should be.

"I would feel pretty scared because I haven't studied at all," said Hiba Imam, a student.

According to Vitti, the test will be given again at the end of the school year.
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wishmistress - 8/19/2013 12:28 PM
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....(Jaylyn Ceasar is a student at Wolfson High School, she says students should be given time to adjust before they're made to take a test. "I'm kind of iffy about it because all summer I haven't been doing much reading," said Ceasar.)........WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I'M SORRY, BUT IF THIS IS REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR YOUTH IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE ARE DOOMED.

nativejax - 8/19/2013 10:45 AM
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I love it...my Grandson starts 1st grade today and has to take the test. I am sure he will be able to read above the normal level already, and he is Autistic.

Truthseeker - 8/19/2013 4:33 AM
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"But after two months of summer vacation, some students don't feel as prepared as they should be." Prepared for a reading test??? Give me a break. Most people read something everyday, unless they can't read -- DOH!!!

MrCitizen - 8/19/2013 12:27 AM
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Another test!? --D'oh!!!!
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