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New state test costs taxpayers money

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Updated: 4/03/2012 11:42 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a new test students across Florida are being required to take.

Some say the test is pointless and it's costing you money. School officials though say it helps students gage their college readiness. School leaders say it's important for kids who sit in the classrooms everyday, so they know whether they're ready for college. The debate here is, not every student wants to go on to college, but they still have to take the test you're paying for.   

Angel Ramirez doesn't really like taking tests, but the high school senior knows the SAT, FCAT or ACT will help him get into the college he wants.
But students who don't score high enough on those exams have to take a new state test. It's called the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test or PERT. "It's designed to see if students are ready to go to college," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.

The test is also costing tax payers extra money. According to the Department of Education's website, the state pays $2.82 per student to take the exam. "It doesn't affect a student's grade, it's more of whether they're ready to go on to the next level," said Pratt-Dannals.

When kids already take so many tests, it has some asking why take another that won't impact their grades and one that's already very similar to the FCAT. We took the question to the Department of Education. The spokesperson says the test replaces an old one and helps make sure kids in Florida high schools are ready for college.

If students don't do well on the test, the district has to get them into more classes their senior year to get them ready for college.     

If you want to learn more about the PERT test, we've put information from the Department of Education on the side of the page.
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JediRevan - 6/18/2012 4:57 PM
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All these tests do not prove what a student has or has not learned in school. They do not prove if a student is ready for college or not. They need to do away with these worthless tests and pass the students on the grades they make in school. I think the parents need to start a petition to force the Florida Dept. of Education to stop using these tests to make straight A students and students with grades above a C feel like failures. These students are not failures but these tests make them feel this way when their report cards say they did good in school but are detained because they fail the FCAT.

elizedge - 4/4/2012 12:08 PM
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I refused to let my son get pulled out of class to take this and I got a call from the head of testing for the district asking why. I submitted his ACT scores and they took their sweet time verifying him. He is ALREADY in TWO Dual Enrollment courses (11th grader) and gotten an A the first half of his AP English class-

knightshade - 4/4/2012 11:18 AM
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with this new test students are having to take just shows how poorly the job that the school system and the teachers are doing teaching ,

imtellin - 4/4/2012 6:57 AM
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ridiculous to waste money on kids who clearly illustrate by scoring poorly on psats & sats that they aren't college material,, so why does the state think giving them extra classes is going to aid them ??? they can't even handle the minimum workload,, so assigning more will only lead to more failures on the part of the students !!! typical thinking on the part of school administrators,, johnnie can't read nor write,, but we want him ready for college ??? if it wasn't so serious,, it would be damn hilarious !!!!
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