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Pam Stewart: Top priority is getting 'right standards' to students



The time to comment is over. Now it's up to Florida education officials to determine how to proceed with the Common Core.

Education commissioner Pam Stewart gave an interview to Sachs Communication, distributed by the Florida Press Association, in which she said the No. 1 priority is "getting the right standards in front of our students."

Stewart offered praise for the Common Core, saying the standards "really are more rigorous and they will help our students be ready for college, career, or life." She also said the state will do what it can to avoid the naysayers' fears of "federal overreach" and "data mining of our students' information."

At the same time, she didn't commit to keeping the standards as written, saying Florida seeks to "make these standards the very best" for its students. Any changes that come will be clearly communicated to teachers, she added, stressing that until that time comes the 2010 standards remain in effect.

Stewart offered little new information about the testing that will come with the full transition to the new standards, repeating that the state is looking at possible alternatives to the PARCC consortium assessments that prominent lawmakers and the governor have said Florida should abandon.

Hear her full remarks in this YouTube video.

[Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 9:16am]


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