Survey: 52% of Floridians say state standardized exam unnecessary

Florida residents are increasingly skeptical of the statewide standardized test used to assign school grades, distribute teacher bonuses and determine whether students can earn high school diplomas. Only 39% now support the test, while a majority doesn't believe the exam accurately measures what students learn, while most of surveyed polled cited low teacher salaries and student discipline as bigger educational concerns than test scores or accountability, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll of 1,200 Florida residents.

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