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Florida lawmakers' claims on PARCC testing hit the mark



In calling for Florida to leave PARCC, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford listed five key reasons, including unknown costs, unmet technology needs and extended testing that would diminish instructional time.

"The complete PARCC assessments will consume approximately twenty days of testing for elementary, middle and high school students," the lawmakers wrote in their letter urging education commissioner Tony Bennett to instead craft a "Florida plan" for Common Core testing.

Some readers questioned whether Gaetz and Weatherford were correct in suggesting that schools and students would face 20 days of testing. So PolitiFact Florida examined the query and found the statement "Mostly True."

Read the details from PolitiFact Florida's finding here.

[Last modified: Monday, July 22, 2013 1:22pm]


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