By JAVIER MANJARRES
Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that the state of Florida has withdrawn from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) federal education testing standards the state’s Board of Education was slated to implement.
I told the federal government we are rejecting their overreach into our state education system by withdrawing from PARCC.-Gov. Rick Scott
Scott has been a supporter of higher education standards, but after increasing pressure from conservative activists from around the state, who have been pushing him to back away from the “socialized education” standards, Scott had to act.
Florida is still on track to fully implement Common Core standards, but the federal testing standards have been nixed, leaving Common Core detractors feeling very little satisfaction with this small victory.
“We listened to many people who are passionate about making Florida’s education system the best in the world during our Education Summit in Tampa a few weeks ago. The summit’s discussions were so robust and diverse that they have led to three actions today.
First, I sent a letter to Chairman Chartrand outlining a six-step course forward for Florida to ensure we continue to hold our students to high education standards. Excellence in education begins with high expectations for our students.
Second, I told the federal government we are rejecting their overreach into our state education system by withdrawing from PARCC. Last, I issued an executive order to address state assessments, ensure student data security and support a transparent and understandable school accountability system.
“While the debate surrounding Common Core Standards has become polarized into a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ discussion, we heard during the Education Summit that most education leaders agreed on two things. We agree that we should say ‘yes’ to high standards for Florida students and ‘no’ to the federal government’s overreach into our education system.
Therefore, I notified the federal government that Florida would be withdrawing from PARCC, and at the same time we will hold public comment sessions to receive input on any alterations that should be made to the current Common Core Standards.
We are committed to maintaining high standards for our students. Period. The six steps outlined to the Board of Education will help Florida move forward in maintaining exceptionally high standards while removing federal intrusion into our education system.”-Gov. Rick Scott
Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future, who has been championing the Common Core efforts, released a statement in support of Rick Scott’s decision on Florida’s education standards
“While our students have made great academic gains, the truth is a high school diploma often doesn’t prepare students well enough for college coursework or today’s jobs. I am encouraged by Governor Scott’s continued commitment to the thoughtful implementation of Florida’s Common Core standards while he also seeks input from the public.
This can’t be good if the catalyst for Common Core in the state of Florida is happy with this move by Rick Scott.
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