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Some experts worry the current education climates breeds test-takers

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011 21:17 PM

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) recently announced that because of the current nature of education, the country is creating a generation of test-takers, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Currently, Florida students are taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) this week. Students must pass the test with three out of five in third and eighth grade to move on to the next grade level. Some education experts say that tests are being overemphasized and are restraining independent thought.

"Testing everything that moves all the time and attaching high stakes to it is not the way to address problems," Robester Schaeffer, officials from FairTest, told the news source. "We do not learn anything new from the test scores and we do not make it better."

However, other educators do not hold the same sentiment regarding the matter. Some argue that without tests, schools would have no measure of success.

According to FCAT officials, the exam is administered to nearly 200,000 student per grade level throughout Florida, which tests state standards in reading, math, science and writing.