<p>Heaven forbid we should make the poor kids study for a final...wouldn't want to subject them to any more stress! No wonder Florida public schools are among the worst in the country.</p>
A long line of tests stand between students and summer — baseline exams, interim tests, FCAT and end-of-course state exams, to name a few.</p>
<p>Many Miami-Dade students can scratch some tests off the list. No more midterms or finals for students in grades 6 through 12.</p>
<p>The longtime staples have been quietly eliminated by the Miami-Dade public schools and the school board. Approved at the October meeting, the policy makes midterms and finals optional.</p>
<p>Many students are elated, even shocked.</p>
<p>“It’s a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about a midterm or a final. It’s a lot easier to get a better grade,” said Katie Goldman, a senior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High.