Orange County Student Tells School Board What’s Wrong with Education

Last November, Kiana Hernandez addressed the board of Orange County Public Schools. The transcript of her speech and coverage in the Orlando Sentinel is here:  One Test Should Not Determine My Future

Kiana addressed the Board again on February 11, 2015.  Here is the video of her second powerful address:  Orange County Student Tells School Board What’s Wrong With Education Today

Although Kiana has yet to pass the FCAT or earn a concordant score on the ACT, she has, so far, received four letters of acceptance from colleges, some of which have stated that her acceptance is partially in response to her taking the responsibility and initiative to fearlessly advocate for herself by speaking up for her own education.



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

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