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Hernando superintendent reassures district following PARCC announcement



In a rare open letter to the district and community, Hernando County superintendent Lori Romano took time to reaffirm the district’s support for a quality education in the wake of Gov. Rick Scott’s recent decision to withdraw from a national consortium creating tests around the new Common Core State Standards.

“Within the Hernando Schools community: Teachers and staff, community, parents, and most importantly students, should remain confident of the District’s dedication to excellence in preparing all students for college and career readiness,” the letter reads. “This recent development does not change our commitment to continue to implement best practices, rigorous curriculum and a focus on the educational needs of all of our students.”

Most of Romano’s letter is spent explaining Scott’s decision, announced Monday, to cut ties with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

She noted that the governor directed the state to end Florida’s “fiscal agent relationship” with PARCC and to immediately start to obtain input on Florida’s currently adopted English language arts and mathematics standards.

“The process is designed to provide opportunities for public comment on ways to strengthen specific education standards via web site, email and no less than three public meetings,” she wrote.

Romano then explained that the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010, with the transition expected to be complete in the 2014-15 school year.

The letter steers clear of the controversy surrounding Common Core and the concerns over federal overreach highlighted by Scott during his announcement.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:12am]


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