StateImpact Florida
10:59 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Three Education Questions For Senate President Don Gaetz

Senate President Don Gaetz doesn't want in-state tuition for undocumented students. He does like the idea of university performance funding.
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Florida’s move toward Common Core standards in schools is sure to be discussed during the upcoming legislative session.

Lawmakers will also consider allowing undocumented college students to pay cheaper, in-state tuition. Plus, state universities that improve their graduation rates may be able to boost their funding.

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StateImpact Florida
11:42 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Gov. Scott's Education Summit Participants Objected To Scott Targeting PARCC

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 8:24 am

Gov. Rick Scott has asked that Florida give up its duties managing PARCC's money.

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StateImpact Florida
8:47 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Gov. Scott Wants Another State To Manage PARCC's Money

Gov. Rick Scott wants Florida to sever financial ties with the PARCC assessment

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 8:13 am

Florida is backing out of its role as a leader on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment.

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Common Core
6:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Gov. Scott Moves Toward Pulling Out Of Test Partnership

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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.

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.

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StateImpact Florida
7:39 am
Fri September 20, 2013

How Much New Common Core Tests Could Cost — And, Maybe, Save — Florida

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:10 pm

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StateImpact Florida
11:23 am
Thu August 29, 2013

PARCC Multi-State Test Still An Option For Many At Education Summit

Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air.

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 2:33 pm

Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air.

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7:24 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Why School Grades In Florida Are Full Of Controversy

Florida legislators recently enacted what they call a safety net that ensures no school's performance drops more than one letter under the state's grading system. But despite students' academic improvement, there are a record number of F-rated schools this year.

An "A" was always the gold standard.  Every student knows that the better the grade, the greater the reward, whether the reward is a gold star, a trophy or a scholarship.

It’s no different for schools.  Since 1999, Florida schools have worked to measure student learning gains and to objectively measure teacher and school performance.  An "A" school brings recognition, prestige and financial gain.

But measuring school accountability has become more difficult than anyone thought it would be.  And, as recent legislative decisions show, may carry huge political consequences.

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11:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Explaining Florida's Choices For Its Next Standardized Test

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:29 pm

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says he could recommend a new test in July or August.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

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Testing In Schools
7:11 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Florida Students Will Spend At Least Eight Hours A Year Taking New Standardized Test

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:39 am

Third grade students will spend at least eight hours a year taking Florida’s next standardized test, with high school juniors will spend nearly 10 hours to complete the new online standardized test.

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