Posted on The Palm Beach Post | 02/27/2014 | by John Kennedy
Democratic lawmakers are looking to hit the pause button on Florida’s student testing, school grading and plans to tie teacher pay to student performance, with legislation introduced Thursday calling for a three-year moratorium.
The proposals by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, and Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, come only a few weeks before Education Commissioners Pam Stewart is set to announce a new system for evaluating students, schools and teachers that would succeed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
Gov. Rick Scott last year demanded that the state abandon the testing system that was intended to succeed FCAT because it was closely tied to the Common Core Standards, the evaluation Florida and more than 40 other states are implementing.