Caving in to tea party criticism of a national education reform effort known as Common Core State Standards, Gov. Rick Scott pulled Florida out of a multi-state consortium developing tests to the replace the failed Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. But in a move sure to confound and confuse Common Core foes, Scott directed his latest education commissioner to move ahead with the development of new tests based on the same standards.
It’s a maddening continuation of reform for the sake of reform, with private testing companies and pricey consultants reaping rewards while educators and students contend with a revolving door of standards, tests and expectations.
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