Florida’s plan to ditch old standardized tests draws criticism

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 06:30 AM.

Kurt Browning, the superintendent of Pasco County School System, agrees.

“It looks like we are developing our own assessment and I kind of railed against that before,” he told the Tampa Tribune. “We do not want to be in the same position as before with a home-grown assessment. Why would you not use a nationally normed assessment? I don’t get it.”

Broward School Board spokesperson Cathleen Brennan told Florida Watchdog by email that “district staff will review the information provided by the Florida Department of Education regarding the selection of a new state assessment to replace the FCAT 2.0.”

Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said new and more rigorous standards of the standardized test will cause student progress and achievement to take a back seat.

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia told the Tampa Tribune that cross-state comparisons were one of the major appeals of the previous tests and the new tests won’t take that into account.

“The biggest issue for us is we’re going to be comparing Florida to Florida,” she said.

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