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Why Florida Parents Don't Want Their Kids Taking State Tests

This week Florida students are taking FCAT math, reading and writing exams for the final time.The test starting as a way to measure student progress. But anger with the FCAT has grown as state policies added more consequences to the test scores.

A small group of parents are pulling their kids out of the FCAT and encouraging other parents to follow.

And as StateImpact Florida's John O'Connor reports, advocates expect more will opt out when a new, tougher test replaces the FCAT next year.

You can hear StateImpact Florida stories every week on WJCT. For more information on Florida's next test, check out the StateImpact Florida website.

John O’Connor is a reporter for StateImpact Florida, a project of WUSF, WLRN and NPR covering education. John writes for the StateImpact Florida blog and produces stories for air on Florida public radio stations.