- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida school board that recently rescinded a vote to end standardized testing in classrooms has agreed to strike down all district-mandated tests.

The Lee County school board took the action Tuesday night in Fort Myers.

The News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/1va6WcO ) reports the board struck down the school district’s proposed testing calendar, eliminating 68 tests from kindergarten through fifth grades. The decision puts assessments back in teachers’ hands.

The tests were created by the district to monitor progress.

Board member Mary Fischer says the vote lowers the volume of tests given to students.

District spokeswoman Amity Chandler says teachers and principals will be given authority to decide whether to administer tests.

The board voted in August to opt out of statewide testing. That vote was rescinded in September.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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