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Dropping Common Core leads to bigger testing problems in Florida

LA School Report | October 26, 2015



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By Lizette Alvarez

MIAMI — When protests from parents and teachers erupted against the new Common Core tests here, Florida thought it had a solution: It dropped the tests.

But it abruptly switched sources for the exams, hoping the substitute would be more palatable.

Now, nearly six months after students finished taking their exams, Florida faces an even worse rebellion, led by the state’s 67 school superintendents. In speeches, letters to the editor and appeals to state officials, they are arguing that the tests were flawed — first, because they were developed for Utah schools and based on the curriculum taught there, and second, because of a string of disruptive technical glitches when they were rolled out here.

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