testing http://wlrn.org en Gov. Scott Moves Toward Pulling Out Of Test Partnership http://wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-moves-toward-pulling-out-test-partnership <p>Florida appears ready to exit a multistate effort to develop new tests to measure student learning, abandoning the initiative amid conservative activists' concerns that it represents federal overreach into the state's education system.</p><p>Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday ordering the state to end its role in helping handle the financial affairs of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:12:01 +0000 Brandon Larrabee 21059 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Scott Moves Toward Pulling Out Of Test Partnership PARCC Multi-State Test Still An Option For Many At Education Summit http://wlrn.org/post/parcc-multi-state-test-still-option-many-education-summit <div id="attachment_19997" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/08/8-28-ItsComplicated.png" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-19997" alt="Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/08/8-28-ItsComplicated-300x140.png" width="300" height="140" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credit">singleblackmale.org<p><p class="wp-caption-text">Florida&#39;s relationship with PARCC is Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:23:45 +0000 19801 at http://wlrn.org PARCC Multi-State Test Still An Option For Many At Education Summit Why There's An Atmosphere Of Crisis In The Humanities http://wlrn.org/post/why-theres-atmosphere-crisis-humanities <p></p><p>“Why do we have to learn this?” Every teacher has heard a student ask this question.&nbsp; It is often followed with, “When will I ever use this?”&nbsp;</p><p>Perhaps anyone who was ever a student – i.e. all of us – has either uttered or thought the very same thing.&nbsp; And they are indeed valid questions.</p><p>After all, when will the average person need to calculate the square root of an imaginary number? Or determine how many moles of oxide are in a substance? Or explain the difference between Aristotelian and Shakespearean tragedies?&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:27:17 +0000 Neyda Borges 18687 at http://wlrn.org Why There's An Atmosphere Of Crisis In The Humanities New York Scores Drop On Test Tied To Common Education Standards http://wlrn.org/post/new-york-scores-drop-test-tied-common-education-standards Educators say the percentage of students meeting state goals on Florida&#8217;s math and reading tests will decline after the state switches to <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/common-core/">new standards known as Common Core.</a><p>How bad will it be? Check out the test results released today in New York.<p>Just 31 percent of New York students in third through eighth grades were proficient on the new math and reading exam. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:24:41 +0000 John O'Connor 18712 at http://wlrn.org Bennett Resignation Buoys Critics Of Testing http://wlrn.org/post/bennett-resignation-buoys-critics-testing <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">For the third time in </span>Gov<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">. Rick Scott's two-and-a-half years as governor, there is no permanent leader in place for the Department of Education.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:22:16 +0000 News Service of Florida 18408 at http://wlrn.org Bennett Resignation Buoys Critics Of Testing PARCC: Florida's Departure Won't Sink Next Generation Test http://wlrn.org/post/parcc-floridas-departure-wont-sink-next-generation-test Florida Legislative leaders <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/07/17/house-and-senate-leaders-want-florida-out-of-parcc/">left no wiggle room in last week&#8217;s letter to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett</a>: They want Florida to pull out of a multi-state partnership developing a next generation standardized test to (mostly) replace the FCAT.<p>Florida is not the first state to withdraw from the group, known as the <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/parcc/">Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC</a>. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:08:52 +0000 John O'Connor 17817 at http://wlrn.org Explaining Florida's Choices For Its Next Standardized Test http://wlrn.org/post/explaining-floridas-choices-its-next-standardized-test In the next few weeks, the man in charge of kindergarten through twelfth grade education in Florida has to answer a multiple choice question: Which standardized test should the state pick to replace the FCAT?<p>The new test is part of Florida’s move to <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/common-core/">new, tougher education standards known as Common Core</a>. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:30:10 +0000 John O'Connor 17440 at http://wlrn.org