Florida governor pulls out of ‘Common Core’ test consortium
Critics were also quick to point out that Scott had embraced the PARCC exams as late as August 2012, when he said the assessments would eliminate teaching to the test.
Although the relationship will be severed, Scott noted that PARCC can still compete to win Florida’s business as the Board of Education begins the competitive solicitation process to determine which exams will replace the FCATs.
State education officials must act swiftly to select the new exams. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said she plans to recommend new assessments to the board by March. That timeline, Stewart said, will enable students to begin taking the tests in the 2014-15 school year.
"We are certain we can accomplish everything that needs to be accomplished," she said.
State leaders have the option to adopt tests being used in other states, or create entirely new exams akin to a revamped version of the FCAT.
Broward schools Superintendent Robert Runcie on Monday cautioned against the latter option.
"If we develop our own system, isolated here in the state of Florida, we’re going to be in a situation where we probably won’t have an assessment that’s credible, that’s benchmarked nationally and internationally," Runcie said.
Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order Monday:
-Directed state education officials to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a multistate consortium crafting tests to accompany the new Common Core State Standards.
-Instructed state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to begin the competitive solicitation process for choosing the next generation of state exams.
-Ordered Stewart to review all policies concerning student data security.
-Ordered a review of the new teacher evaluation system.
The executive order allows only minor tweaks to be made to the state’s A-F school grading system until 2014-15, when the new exams are expected to be launched.
(Herald/Times staff writers Steve Bousquet, Cara Fitzpatrick, Mary Ellen Klas, Tia Mitchell and Michael Vasquez contributed to this report.)
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