Goodbye FCAT, hello national test?
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $170 million grant to a consortium of states led by Florida that seeks to replace state comprehensive exams, such as the FCAT, with a series of tests based on the national common core standards. The Florida State Board of Education adopted those standards earlier this summer.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a coalition of Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee.
From the DOE:
"The PARCC coalition will test students' ability to read complex text, complete research projects, excel at classroom speaking and listening assignments, and work with digital media. PARCC will also replace the one end-of-year high stakes accountability test with a series of assessments throughout the year that will be averaged into one score for accountability purposes, reducing the weight given to a single test administered on a single day, and providing valuable information to students and teachers throughout the year."
The new testing system is expected to be ready by 2014-15.