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.
Despite opposition from most of the audience, the Florida Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a modified version of the Common Core education standards for Florida public schools.
Meeting in Orlando, the board agreed to back some 99 revisions to the original Common Core standards for reading and math, which were adopted by the state in 2010 but have become a focal point for both conservative and liberal critics.
Among other revisions, the modified standards eliminated the use of the name “Common Core” and refer to the benchmarks as the “Florida standards.”
The board’s vote came after little debate but followed comments from more than 50 speakers who, over several hours, either called for the standards to be rejected or at least delayed. Only three speakers spoke in favor of the revised standards.
Many of the critics said the standards represented a federal intrusion into the local school systems.
McCann Associates Launches PERT Rx: Online Personalized Assessment and Intervention Resources to Help Florida Students Be Better Prepared for the PERT McCann Associates has created a new, online classroom tool, PERT Rx™, which can help students better prepare for the exam and become college- and career-ready
Annually, thousands of Florida high school students take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). The exam is the statewide standard for the determination of a student's readiness for college level mathematics, reading, and writing. With the PERT being a key student learning indicator, McCann Associates, the exam’s developer, has created a new online classroom tool, PERT Rx™, which can help students better prepare for the exam and become college and career-ready.
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is directing state officials to withdraw from a national testing system that would evaluate how students perform under the new Common Core standards being adopted by 45 states.
Scott sent a letter to State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand Monday that directed the board to withdraw from the testing consortium creating Common Core tests and create a Florida-centric exam to evaluate how well students are doing against national standards.
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