DeSantis Plans to End FSA Testing


DeSantis calls for the end of FSA testing. Photo by: WTVJ

Tuesday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) will no longer be in use following the 2021-2022 school year. The decision was debated for months prior, the main argument being that the FSA isn’t accurately suited for each individual student. DeSantis acknowledged his belief that the original way of assessment was in need of improvement during a recent press conference. “We need to move forward with a more, I’d say, nimble and effective approach,” he said.

There are plans to substitute the FSA with, Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST), which are triannual academic progression examinations. This change is expected by DeSantis to be more accurate for each student’s learning throughout the year. 

These examinations will occur during the fall, winter, and spring. The spacing between each examination is to allow for teachers to tailor their lessons specifically to each student’s needs. 

“I think it’ll be something that’s very friendly to parents. I think it’ll be something that teachers will appreciate because they’ll be able to make adjustments and really focus on the unique needs of each individual student,” DeSantis said.