Like other schools across the country, Florida students at Brooksville Elementary School are subject to standardized tests. But one fourth grader, Sydney Smoot, took a powerful stand against the Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs).
At a Hernando County School Board meeting, Smoot addressed an audience filled with adults.
"I consider myself a well-educated young lady," Smoot says. "However, with FSA tests, my five years of school, all on honor roll, do not matter. This testing looks at me as a number."
Smoot reiterates the test uses a numbered rubric to determine if someone is failure or a success— To put it simply, she does not think FSA testing is an accurate translation of how successful she is.
"Why are we taking most of the year stressing and prepping for ONE TEST at the end of the year, when we should be taking tests throughout the year that really measure our abilities?"
Smoot continues by explaining the stress and pressure leading up to the exam is not healthy for students. "Why should we have so much stress about one test, when we should be learning and having fun in school?" Smoot asks.
And parents in Florida agree.
In fact, parents are starting to pull their kids out of class before the test begins, according to local news site, Wesh.com.
"They said it is all part of a state-wide movement that claims the FSA puts too much pressure on students," reports the site.
The 9-year-old suggests taking a test at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year.
So, she's urging teachers, students and parents to contact their governors and put a stop to standardized testing.
By the end of the speech, she has the crowd on their feet.
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