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New test for Duval County kids

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Updated: 7/31/2013 8:12 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Call it the summer slide.  Your kids have been out of school since June and let's face it -- probably not hitting the books the way teachers suggest.

Well, this school year they can expect to hit the ground running, with a brand-new test, their very first week back from vacation.

DCPS Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said, "And that's exactly why we're doing it.  Because kids aren't reading enough in the summer, we get a good sense exactly where they're at in the beginning of the year."

The test is called the "Iowa."  And it measures reading proficiency.

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"This will allow us to see whether children are reading at their grade level or above," said Vitti.

Students who aren't making the grade will be placed in classes designed to help them improve. 

Vitti said, "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.  Because there is a bit more flexibility this year with the statute regarding reading."

Vitti said this test is more accurate than the FCAT, when it comes to measuring your child's ability to read.  The Iowa will be given again at the end of the year, "and then hopefully by the end of the year, we'll see that improvement."

All students, K-12, will be tested.

School starts in Duval County on August 19.
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