Florida Education Commissioner sounds off on major changes.
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is speaking out about the changes coming to schools everywhere in the state. One of the biggest changes is that the FCAT will be gone, to be replaced with a new test to measure student achievement. Florida has also mad 99 changes to the Core Standards which are being adopted by nearly most of the states. Stewart says that the changes are to help make sure that Florida students are better prepared and to limit Federal oversight. Teachers’ unions want a 3 year delay on the new test, as everything about it, the standards, the curriculum, the test prep, and the test itself are all new and untested. Teachers want a break in period for the students and teachers both to get used to the new systems. For up-to-date news accounts of this story, photos and to post a comment, please access the links below: