FALSE: DeSantis Did Not Eliminate Standardized Tests

It has been widely reported across mainstream media news outlets and the rightwing blogosphere that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill to eliminate standardized testing in Florida schools for the 2022-2023 school year, SB 1048.

At a press conference over the new education policy in the Sunshine State, Governor Ron DeSantis said, “Today we come not to praise the FSA but to bury it. Next year, Florida will become the first state in the nation to do a full transition to progress monitoring to inform school accountability.”

Nice to hear them talking about a transition in regards to public education that doesn’t involve brainwashing children to be confused about their own sex when they didn’t have any confusion about it themselves, to use them as pawns in the progressives’ relentless agenda to spread gender confusion and enroll even children in a social movement to exercise full medical and social power over human sexuality to the point of modifying it to entirely unnatural ends, huh?

It’s fine for social liberals to support tolerance and anti-bullying, anti-discrimination and even understanding of small minority communities that have faced systemic or cultural hatred and persecution for being different. That’s great. And if you disregard the slanderous lies of the mainstream media elites, most conservatives, even evangelical Christians are okay with that. But not all the social engineering that uses individuals as pawns to support a social agenda.

Anyway, are DeSantis and Florida legislators really eliminating standardized testing in Florida public schools? Or merely streamlining it and applying their own standards for teachers to teach to the test?

Over at RedState, Joe Cunningham reports: “BREAKING: Florida Eliminates Standardized Testing in Schools.” In the article, he says:

“The state is switching from the Florida State Assessment (FSA), which will be taken for the last time this year, to the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T.). The governor said the F.A.S.T. will take place three times a year with tests that will take hours versus days, and added that it will monitor student progress and foster individual growth. ‘The 2022-2023 school year will serve as a new baseline for school accountability,’ DeSantis said. ‘And school grades will resume the following year.’”

Well, here’s a question to test whether you’re smarter than a fifth grader: Does changing the name from an assessment to an assessment of thinking actually make it an assessment of thinking? Or if it’s the same test given to the same students, all however many million of them, across the entire state, to assess how good they are at thinking, is it still a damn standardized test, and one that will incentivise teachers to teach students to all think the same way?