9-Year-Old Goes on Epic Rant Against Standardized Testing

If you grew up dreading those yearly school assessments, it's time to introduce your inner child to Sydney Smoot. The nine-year-old Florida student has gone viral after delivering a blistering speech on standardized testing before the Hernando County School Board.

“I consider myself a well-educated young lady,” Smoot told the board. “However, with [the Florida Standards Assessment Tests], my five years of school – all on honor roll – do not matter. This testing looks at me as a number. One test defines me as either a failure or a success through a numbered rubric. One test at the end of the year that the teacher or myself will not even see the grade until after the school year is already over. I do not feel that all this FSA testing is accurate to tell how successful I am. It doesn't take in account all of my knowledge and abilities, just a small percentage."

Smoot also took issue with a rule prohibiting students from discussing FSA testing content with anyone, including parents. 

"I am not comfortable signing something like this. I have the right to talk to my parents about any and everything related to school and my education."

Smoot for Education Secretary?

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