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Florida language arts council backs PARCC testing



As Florida leaders gather to talk about future student assessments, the state Council of Language Arts Supervisors has issued a letter aiming to sway the outcome.

The group's president, Paul Holimon, comes out squarely in support of Florida's move to the PARCC tests that top lawmakers have urged Department of Education leaders to abandon. He suggests that some of the key concerns, including the length and cost of the testing, are not as bad as the lawmakers have contended.

"The difference between our current assessments and the PARCC is startling. Florida's district supervisors of language arts are thrilled to usher in assessments that honor the depth of thought we aspire to in our classrooms every day," Holimon wrote in his letter to state Senate president Don Gaetz. "The Common Core State Standards and the PARCC have incited real, lasting, important changes in our instructional approaches; for this reason we implore you to enter dialogue with Florida's educators before steering our legislature away from what we recognize as an excellent assessment in the era of Common Core instruction."

Read his full letter here. Agree?

[Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 12:00pm]


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