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Florida hands over fiscal responsibility for PARCC



As Gov. Rick Scott has requested, Florida has given up its role as the fiscal agent for the PARCC testing consortium.

Maryland will take over that role, which Florida held since the group first formed to create tests associated with the Common Core standards. The two states are working together to make the transition.

"Maryland is strongly committed to the success of PARCC, as demonstrated by our willingness to take on the role of fiscal agent on behalf of all the PARCC states," Maryland state superintendent Lillian Lowery said Thursday in a release. "The PARCC assessments will help support Maryland students, allowing educators to measure student learning facilitated through the Maryland College-Ready and Career-Ready Standards compared to other states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards."

Scott called for Florida to give up its position as some key state lawmakers urged the Department of Education to abandon PARCC in favor of a "Florida model" of testing. Scott also has stopped speaking in favor of the Common Core, which has seen a growing drumbeat of opposition.

The FLDOE is considering changes to the Common Core, but has not announced what it might alter. Many key legislators have said they expect the standards to remain essentially intact, with some revisions.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:27pm]


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