By: Mike Vasilinda
September 24, 2013
Governor Rick Scott is pulling the state out of a national school testing compact, opting instead to have the state develop its own Common Core standards. The Governor says the change will result on better educated students while opponents say he is just catering to conservatives.
Students have been back in school for a just over a month. Now new questions swirl around if what they’re learning is relevant. “What is it our teachers are supposed to be teaching?” asked Allison Tant, Florida Democratic Party Chair.
Florida was set to begin Common Core Standards next fall, but on Monday, Governor Rick Scott called for public hearings and even possible changes to the tests. Scott says he wants high academic standards for the state. “All of this is an effort to make sure we have the number one education system in the country,” says Rick Scott, Governor.
Florida Democratic Chair Allison Tant says the changes aren’t doing anything other than creating confusion among teachers and students. “It’s deplorable that we have students and teachers we are teaching and learning coursework that may not be relevant by the end of the school year,” says Allison Tant.
Governor Scott also announced the state would steer clear of national testing – to make sure there isn’t any federal intrusion in Florida’s education policy. “What they were doing is the entry point to intrusion and involvement in our system. What I believe in is we should come with assessments that work for us,” says Governor Rick Scott.
Opponents worry Florida students will not accurately be compared to their counterparts in other states if the state pulls out of national testing.
“The rest of the country is educating children based on what experts, educators with parent involvement and parent commentary, say" says Allison Tant.
The Governor deflected questions over whether he was making changes to the education system to cater to ultra-conservatives as he faces reelection.