LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Some teachers say they are very pleased with the school board's decision to opt out of standardized testing.
Teaching at the North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts, you might think 8th grade teacher Bonnie Margolin would be allowed to think outside the box.
But she says, that simply isn't the case with so much standardized testing.
"Teaching is more than skills on a test," said Margolin.
Now with the school board's decision to opt out, Margolin says most teachers are on cloud nine.
"Everyone keeps saying what are we going to do instead? Well we are going to do all that we couldn't do because of testing. The art the music the career education foreign lanuages," said Margolin.
Although testing will be thrown out, the Florida standards will stay the same.
However, there aren't many answers when it comes to determining merit pay and evaluations.
Patti Lochner retired in 2006 after 35 years with the Lee County School District.
She says things used to be much different when it comes to evaluating teachers.
"You used to be based on a salary schedule, based on the years you taught. Evaluated by your performance in the classroom, by your principal or assistant, said Lochner.
She called today's evaluations unfair.
50 percent of an evaluation score is dependent on state-mandated testing.
Lochner says opting out is moving in the right direction but thinks the board should have waited a bit longer to vote until a formal alternative plan could be in place.
This was to be the first year where teacher salary would be tied to teacher evaluations. Since testing was to account for half of the evaluations, there are even more questions about how pay will be determined.