Parents suing 7 Florida school districts, say students who opted out of FSA were unfairly held back

Posted at 5:02 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 11:21:22-04

A group of parents are demanding that their children move on to the next grade level, after schools held them back because they opted out of taking the FSA test. 

Seven school districts are starting off the school year with a lawsuit over the controversial testing.

The 14 parents involved are hoping to get an emergency order from a judge to allow their kids to move on to the 4th grade.

Some of the students who opted out of the Florida Standards Assessment test were honor roll students. 

The families of those students are arguing that the rules are confusing and the school districts are not interpreting them all the same. 

Frank Lovetere, a parent of a student who opted out of the testing, says "We don't feel that a test should be used as a high-stakes test that is tied to whether or not a child is going to go on to the next grade, whether they are going to be put in remediation reading or math."

The parents involved in the lawsuit also believe it's not fair because other students who have taken the test and done poorly, have been allowed to move on to the 4th grade. 

The districts named in the suit include Pasco, Hernando, Orange, Sarasota, Broward and Seminole.