FORT MYERS, FL.--WINK News confirms that if the Lee County School District continues to opt out of state standardized testing it could prevent some middle and high school students from playing school sports.
"It makes up a big portion of his life," said Dan De Lorenzo.
De Lorenzo's 14-year old son, Gabriel, is on the Estero High School wrestling team.
"They practice 5-6 sometimes 7 days a week, it's their life," he said.
But since the Lee County school board voted to opt out of standardized testing, De Lorenzo is now very concerned it could hinder his son's time on the mat.
"I really feel that they are threatened in a way that I have never felt before," said De Lorenzo.
The district's superintendent tells WINK News, 30% of a middle or high school student's grade comes from those state standardized tests.
If the district doesn't find a way to get that 30% back, some student athletes may not meet the 2.0 GPA requirement to play sports.
"It could have a large impact," said North Fort Myers High School Principal Matt Mederios.
Mederios tells WINK News there are still many unanswered questions and some athletes eligibility to play later this school year could be up in the air.
"When the first semester ends, and GPAs are calculated, we would have to see where everybody stands," Mederios said.