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Students asked to sign document not to talk about test questions

Are you outraged? Do you have the right to know what questions your school is asking your child?

By Wanda Moore  WPTV West Palm Beach 

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Brielle Rivera from Boynton Beach is outraged that her 10-year-old daughter Annabelle was asked to sign a document at her school saying she is not allowed to talk to anyone about questions in the Florida Standard Assessment writing test. 

“When I asked her about her test, she started crying and tells me that she can’t tell me or she’ll be arrested,” Rivera said. “I was shocked.”

On Friday Cheryl Etters from the Florida Department of Education clarified the language in the letter to NewsChannel 5 and said while students are not allowed to talk to anyone else about the questions in the test, they are allowed to talk to their parents about it. 

This is the answer posted on the FSA website: 

We encourage parents and families to ask how their child’s day went and continue to promote student success by offering positive support and feedback. Because the content of statewide assessments is secure, students are asked not to talk about specific test questions, passages, or their responses. Students are asked to sign a Testing Rules Acknowledgement, which states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not reveal details about the [test content] to anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents and families.


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