Florida Standards Assessment

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Saying the state’s system of standardized testing in public schools is “quite frankly, outdated,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end the Florida Standards Assessments.

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TALLAHASSEE — In a sharply worded opinion, an appeals court Tuesday overturned a Leon County judge's 2016 decision that seemed to support the "opt-out" movement that encourages parents to defy standardized testing requirements.

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A higher percentage of students in Duval and Clay counties are reading at grade level.

The Nation's Report Card, released this week, finds declines in reading and math across the country. Another report, this one from the Council of Great City Schools, finds kids are taking too many standardized tests. We begin the hour with a look at both reports and their implications with Colleen Wood, founder of 50th No More and Vice-Chair of the Network for Public Education Action, a national political advocacy organization.

Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joins us to discuss the state's standardized tests. proposed changes to the school district's boundaries and more.

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Anger continues to mount over the release this week of preliminary data from the Florida Standards Assessment test students took for the first time last spring.

The Florida Parent Teacher Organization and the Florida School Boards Association have joined with the state's school superintendents to express their lack of trust in the state's school accountability system.

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An investigation into a cyberattack launched earlier this year against the state's computer-testing platform for public schools has ended with no suspects and no apparent motive, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

State officials emphasized that the March incident was what is known as a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attack — which occurs when someone bombards a server with requests to overload it and make it unable to handle legitimate traffic.

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Florida third-graders would not have to pass a key standardized test to be promoted to fourth grade this year under a measure that would temporarily roll back one of the cornerstones of the state's fight against "social promotion."

At Miami's iPrep Academy, getting ready for the state's new standardized test includes rapping.

Two students are recording the daily announcements, telling classmates when and where they need to be starting today.

"Monday is ninth graders, with last name A to G," one student raps, in a rhyme that's no threat to Miami's Rick Ross.

"On Tuesday, it’s ninth graders with last name H through Z," his partner continues.

This spring, Florida students will take a brand new test tied to the state’s new math, reading and writing standards.

This is the test that replaces the FCAT. It's known as the Florida Standards Assessment, and it’ll be online.

What’s on the test won’t be the only thing different about the exam. Students will also find new types of questions.

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There’s a new test in town, and it will replace the state’s long-standing FCAT.

The new Florida Standards Assessment will test students on their knowledge of a set of rigorous new state standards based on the now infamous Common Core.

In the third part three of a three part series on the issue, WJCT’s Rhema Thompson takes a look at the local pushback to this new era of high stakes testing in Florida.

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There’s a new test in town and it's replacing Florida's long-established FCAT.

The new Florida Standards Assessment will test students on their knowledge of a set of rigorous new state standards based on the now infamous Common Core. But will students be ready?

In part two of a three part series on the issue, WJCT’s Rhema Thompson explains there are some concerns about how the state is rolling out and grading this new test.

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For years, Florida parents have heard about the FCAT.

Now, that test has gone away and the Florida Standards Assessment will soon assume its place. It's a new test that requires more rigor, more critical thinking and more tech-savvy than ever before.

In a new series, WJCT’s Rhema Thompson takes a look at how the Florida Standards Assessment is putting local educators, students and public confidence to the test.

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For the past few years, the new nationwide Common Core state standards have been slowly rolling out in Florida’s schools.

The Florida Department of Education is revising its timeline for when schools will begin facing penalties under a revised state accountability system.

The biggest change is next year’s switch away from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment tests to new statewide exams aligned with the “Florida Standards”.

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An anti-Common Core rant by Florida State Representative Charles Van Zant is making the rounds online.

Governor Scott Hits Common Core With Education Bills

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Gov. Rick Scott's office announced Monday he had signed a trio of bills aimed at allaying fears about the state's version of the Common Core education standards — even though Scott apparently didn't have one of the bills when the signing was announced.

Scott also signed another education bill dealing with school grades.

According to Scott's office, the three Common Core-related measures he signed Monday included:

This week Florida students are taking FCAT math, reading and writing exams for the final time.

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This time next year, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test will be a distant memory and Florida students will sit down to an all-new assessment. But local school officials want more time to get ready.


The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is dying, say Florida education officials. By this time next year, the FCAT will be replaced with a new, Common Core-aligned assessment.

Charter schools, the Jacksonville Riverwalk, and Common Core are in the headlines today.

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States across the country are taking a second look at shared K-12 math and English standards known as Common Core.

Flagler College, Mayor Alvin Brown, and the Florida Standards are in the headlines today.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., obesity, and "Florida Standards" are in the headlines today.