Florida chooses nonprofit to handle test replacing FCAT

From Katherine Rosenberg (@NaplesEducation)

Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on Monday filled in the blank on the biggest question mark surrounding Common Core thus far — a test to replace FCAT, or the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

The new test will be handled through the not-for-profit American Institutes for Research (AIR), she said in a prepared statement.

“The new assessment will measure each child’s progress and achievement on the Florida Standards, which were developed with an unprecedented amount of public input,” Stewart said in a statement. “This assessment supports our new standards, which emphasize flexibility for teachers to make their own decisions in classrooms while preparing our students to analyze and think.”

Florida originally was the fiscal agent for the consortium involved in developing PARCC, or the Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. PARCC long has been associated with the implementation of Common Core itself and in a move that distanced Florida from curriculum developers, Gov. Rick Scott last fall issued an executive order withdrawing the state as the fiscal agent and giving up control over test development. Maryland later stepped in as fiscal agent, said Joe Follick, spokesman for the Department of Education.

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(Katherine Rosenberg is a Naples-based reporter for the Naples Daily News)

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