Bennett thanks Florida legislative leaders for their concerns on PARCC
Thanks for your input.
That's the message Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett is sending to a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers who are calling for a "Florida plan" to test students on the Common Core State Standards. House speaker Will Weatherford and Senate president Don Gaetz on Wednesday urged Bennett to get the state out of the PARCC consortium, for which Florida is the fiscal agent.
Bennett recently told superintendents he is evaluating several testing options including PARCC, and would announce his decision shortly. After getting the lawmakers' letter, he said he would consider their concerns, too.
"I want to thank President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford for sharing their concerns about PARCC and PARCC assessments," Bennett said in a prepared statement. "They are valued partners in our mission to help students and they raise critical issues that deserve serious consideration as I make a decision in the coming days. I want to thank them and all lawmakers as we implement Common Core State Standards and improve the future for Florida’s students and our state."
If Florida were to abandon PARCC, it would not be alone. Several other states, including Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana have signaled their intent to leave the testing consortium or the Common Core, which increasingly has come under attack in some quarters as a national curriculum.
Bennett, as well as most Florida lawmakers, have said they intend to stay the course with Common Core.