PARKLAND, FL- Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday evening to give the latest update on the school year and state testing. The most significant points for parents of local students are the following:
- All Florida state testing is canceled for this school year.
- Students will remain home until at least April 15, which is two weeks longer than the initial period that was communicated by Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie last Friday.
"From this school year on, all remaining testing for school readiness, voluntary pre-K and K-12 will be canceled for the school year," Governor DeSantis shared.
The Governor added that the requirements for graduation and promotion and final course grades will be evaluated as if those assessments did not exist. The Governor could not confirm that K-12 schools will go to strictly virtual online schooling to finish the school year.
Education Commissioner of Florida, Richard Corcoran also stated,"For the K-12 schools, we are extending not going onto campus until April 15, 2020."
Additional points from the meeting:
- Money is being disbursed to provide low income students with the technology they look need for online learning.
- Parents may at their discretion chose to keep their child in the same grades for the 2020-2021 school year.
- K-12 grades will not be calculated for 2019-2020.
- All Florida universities and colleges will finish the semesters online by remote access.