The term “Common Core” registered little excitement, or interest, in Florida when the state adopted the new learning standards three years ago.
But it’s now a hot topic among educators, legislators and others, as school districts prepare to put the new standards in place in all grades.
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Florida still has not made a final decision on which exams it will use when it comes time to test students under the new Common Core State Standards. It had been expected to use onecalled PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) that is being developed by a consortium of nearly two dozen states, including Florida, which is managing the money for the test.
But in recent months, a few states have either pulled out of the PARCC consortium or scaled back their commitment. Some cite costs as a factor, while others are concerned about the amount of testing required of students.
Last week, state Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford sent a letter to Florida’s education commissioner urging that he pull the state out of the PARCC consortium, and also delay the start of testing under Common Core. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is still weighing Florida’s options.
— Allison Ross