Florida Test Disasters: FCAT-related Discrimination & Penalties

Opt Out Orlando is working with local partners and attorneys, and we are building a legal case against high stakes testing in Florida. We need the help of the public to make this a success – in particular, we need your story.

Have you or your child been…

  • retaliated against because you wanted to opt out?
  • threatened with remediation because of unsatisfactory FCAT scores?
  • denied promotion to the next grade because of unsatisfactory FCAT scores?
  • denied a regular diploma because of unsatisfactory FCAT scores?
  • denied graduation because of unsatisfactory FCAT?
  • denied classes or extracurricular activities (like electives, honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) because of unsatisfactory FCAT scores or because of remedial courses after failing FCAT?
  • told by a school official that you cannot attend a charter school or take part in school choice (like magnets schools) because your FCAT scores are “not high enough?”
  • denied anything because a school official told you that your FCAT scores are “too low” or because you did not take the test?

In many districts, the FCAT was administered on computers this year. Many teachers and students witnessed disruptive and problematic issues with the new format.

Did you or your child…

  • experience testing abnormalities (answer changes, glitches, delays, etc.)
  • sit for abnormally long testing sessions due to technological delays/malfunctions
  • have to re-take a session because of a computer crash?


Want to help us end this madness?

Please e-mail your story to us at: optoutorlando@gmail with Subject: Lawsuit

Please be sure to include

  • details – child’s age, grade, school district, and any particulars you feel would be helpful for us to know.
  • your contact information so that we may contact you if needed.



Thank you,


Opt Out Orlando

Blog: optoutorlando.wordpress.com

Email: optoutorlando@gmail.com

Twitter: @OptOutOrlando

Facebook: Opt Out Orlando


About The Opt Out Florida Network

The Opt Out Florida Network represents a community of opt out groups and administrators from across the state. The network originated with the work of Opt Out Orlando. However, knowing there is power in numbers, we recognized the need for a broader coalition with more engagement and grassroots action at the local level. The OOF network is a community where parents, teachers, and students can share stories and information; discuss testing, policy, and schooling practices; and become politically active! We advocate for multiple measures of authentic assessments, such as a portfolio, non-high stakes standardized tests (Iowa Test of Basic Standards (ITBS) or the Stanford Achievement Test(SAT10)), which are used to inform teachers' instruction of their students and which do not result in punitive consequences for students, teachers and schools. Formal and informal, teacher-designed classroom assessments provide the best indicators of children's progress, growth and mastery of concepts and skills. The Opt Out Florida Network rejects high stakes testing as meaningless and detrimental to the development of a creative, nurturing and supportive learning environment. View all posts by The Opt Out Florida Network

2 responses to “Florida Test Disasters: FCAT-related Discrimination & Penalties

  • Louis Kruger

    I have recently completed a mini-documentary, Jesse’s Journey, about the successful campaign to opt out of a standardized test in Seattle, Washington. It tells the “story behind the story” and thus can be both inspiring and instructive for educators and parents wanting to organize their own opt out movements. The YouTube link is: http://youtu.be/c_vKxvNysnU


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