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Florida May No Longer Hold Back 3rd Graders Who Fail Test

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida may end the state's practice of holding back third-grade students who fail standardized tests.

A Senate panel on Wednesday agreed to suspend the policy until the state's new standardized test is independently validated. The state this year switched to a new test that replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Senators included the provision in a major testing bill (SB 616) that is moving this session. They also agreed to suspend a graduation requirement until the test is validated.

Florida has been holding back third graders who fail the main standardized test since 1999. The retention policy was a key part of the A+ education law pushed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush has been touting his education policies as he prepares for a likely bid for president.

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