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Rick Scott embraced PARCC testing system before he wanted to quit it (updated)



What a difference a year and mounting opposition across the political spectrum makes.

On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott called on state education leaders to drop out of a nationwide testing system being crafted to meet new Common Core standards.

But last year, Scott celebrated the fact that the tests -- the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC -- were coming to Florida.

In an Aug. 20, 2012, press release Scott announced his support for the Common Core standards and the idea that the PARCC tests would begin in the state starting in 2014. The tests will measure whether students are meeting the new education standards.

"The goal of this new testing system is to eliminate 'teaching to the test' and instead will accurately measure whether our students are learning the skills they need to succeed in college and their careers," Scott said in a statement.

The release goes on to describe what it calls the "New PARCC Testing System":

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working to develop a common set of K-12 assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, based on the Common Core State Standards. PARCC testing will be fully implemented beginning in the 2014-2015 school year for certain grade levels, including high school, in English language arts, mathematics, and end of course exams for high school Algebra I & II and Geometry.

Scott also crafted a campaign-style ad in 2012 that celebrated the phaseout of the old testing system, the FCAT. The 30-second ad does not explicity mention PARCC or Common Core (words and phrases unfamiliar to most people).

"I've listened to the frustrations parents and teachers have with the FCAT," Scott said in the video, which you can watch below. "Next year we begin improving our testing system. No more teaching to the test. It's time we get a better measure of our children's progress."


[Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 2:31pm]


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