Published: Aug 13, 2014 5:40 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2014 6:30 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla --- Tess Brennan's daughter Coral is 7 years old, and Tess says, already above the class.

"She currently reads at a fifth grade level. When she went into first grade, she was already reading above the level," said Brennan.

But you wouldn't get that from her test scores. Coral failed the first quarter reading test, after missing a total of four questions.

"It took us three weeks to get her reading again, because the assessment said she couldn't," said Brennan.
Now Tess has joined the group, Teaching not Testing.

She says the constant testing isn't helping anyone.

"We are limiting education time, by giving them assessments. Assessments should be used to see if children reach benchmarks. Ties our instructors hands, because they have to teach to what test is coming up next. Teachers are good at knowing when to give assessments," said Brennan.

School board member Don Armstrong agrees.
He asked the Lee County school board, to consider opting out the district from testing.

"This test, when you do research, it's designed for a 40% failure rate. This is a money maker," said Armstrong.
Armstrong says the district spends at least a million dollars annually,on test papers, computer software, grading and labor, just to name a few.
He says the added stress, is also hurting students in the long run.

"I've seen how much it hurts these kids, I've seen kids cry from the stress," said Armstrong.

????Tuesday night, Superintendent Nancy Graham said the board should carefully research all the consequences opting out could cause. Right now, the board attorney says there are no penalties written into current law.