During the legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott quickly signed an education bill with multiple provisions that tout high-tech course materials from prekindergarten through graduation. Yet Senate Bill 1076 is most significant for undoing a previous Legislature’s vision of Florida’s future.
The 2010 Legislature, still caught up in the high-stakes-test craze started by former Gov. Jeb Bush, had mandated more must-pass tests in math and science. To graduate, students had to pass end-of-course tests not just in algebra and English, but in biology and geometry. The same Legislature required all students to take Algebra 2 and upper-level science courses such as chemistry or physics. The switch to end-of-course tests was an improvement over the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Making the added tests a graduation requirement was not.
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