Florida Leaves Common Core Consortium

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September 25, 2013 — 930 views  

Governor of Florida, Rick Scott recently took a decision that shook everyone. Taking a major move, he removed the state from the Common Core association. This consortium is also called as Partnership for Assessing Readiness for College and Career. Many other States and cities of the US like New York, Arizona, New Jersey, Illinois, New Mexico Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and some others are a part of this consortium.

This news came as a surprise to most people as Florida has been one of the most important financial agents of PARCC. Other members who are a part of PARCC have already given out their Memorandums of Understanding with Florida. This is likely to renegotiate the status of other members with PARCC.

Other States that Left Common Core Consortia

This is not the first time that any of the members of PARCC have left the association. In the early half of this year itself, Indiana and Oklahoma had left Common Core Consortia. In the past two years, Smarter Balanced Consortia saw the departure of 4 major states namely Maine, Michigan, Alabama, and Utah. The hearing on Tennessee’s status on Common Core will start next week. It is being said that Tennessee will also have to leave the consortium given the increasing political pressure to pull the state out. Apart from this, even New York has pending withdrawal legislation.

The executive order of Governor Scott also makes it necessary for Florida to re-write its standards. This executive order was formerly posted on the website of Truth in American Education. This order includes directions to Department of Education of Florida to firstly rewrite its waiver on Elementary and Secondary Education Act and then re-submit it. This waiver will be needed for getting funds from Federal Government for the state. Apart from that, it even waives that Florida meets certain requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Addressing the issues

One of the biggest issues that were addressed in this executive order was the assessment, teacher evaluations, school accountability, and student data security. This is among the broadest rejections of the initiatives of Common Core to date. Over the past few weeks, resistance to the standards of the states in Florida has been rising. This latest executive order trails a recently held educational summit by Governor Scott. In this summit, the problems stemming from the implementation of Common Core in the state were discussed.

On the other hand, the board of education of Florida challenged the authority of the Governor to make this withdrawal. A report by Ed Weeks revealed that the Governor does not have any unilateral right to take out the state from PARCC. The report also cleared that to be able to withdraw itself from PARCC, a state is required to send out a letter to the consortium from the governor, the state superintendent, and the leader of the state board, mentioning its desire to pull itself out from the association. The school board of the state is likely to challenge Governor Scott for this.

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