Another consequence of over testing, the cutting of electives.

Rather than develop expensive and often
redundant end of the year tests, school districts across the state are cutting
classes, mostly electives. You know those courses that make school interesting
or palatable for so many of our students.

From the Orlando Sentinel: A few weeks ago, students and staff at Timber
Creek were told that classes offered there including forensics, zoology,
African American history, medical research, genetics and others could be cut.
Students started paper and online petitions, drawing more than 800 total
signatures.
Forensics, which enrolled about 175 students last year and 110 this year
after adding a chemistry prerequisite, may survive in a different form.

For about seven years, Anna Stevens has been teaching forensics as an honors
biology course for upperclassmen. To align with the rest of the district,
Timber Creek may have to offer the class as a more basic elective that wouldn’t
count for a science credit, said assistant principal Kelly Paduano.

But students and the school’s principal say cutting electives narrows
students’ opportunities to explore a wide range of careers in high school.

“If students have exposure now, it raises the interest,” said principal
Gabriel Berrio. “It give the kids options to think about what they might
want to get into later on.”

We can’t continue to make school such
drudgery for kids, and that’s what it has become for many in this era of high
stakes testing and then scratch our heads wondering why so many don’t do well.
Well I guess in Florida we can.

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