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Tallahassee, Florida, March 4, 2013 – Today the Florida Department of Education released the initial projected testing time for the PARCC evaluations. The PARCC evaluation is the testing mechanism intended to replace the FCAT in the near future to test the Common Core Standards. The Florida Department of Education determined that due to the thorough and more detailed nature of the PARCC that the testing time would increase by a net eight days.
“The key in understanding what the Department of Education released today is that the our state will move forward with implementing the Common Core Standards, but the testing mechanism we choose and the implementation of Common Core are two distinctly different things,” stated Senator Legg. “It is essential that our testing mechanism be one that doesn’t create undue burden for our teachers but remains effective showing that Florida’s children are learning and will be competitive in the world market. I look forward in working with Commissioner Bennett to ensure we have an evaluation system that is workable for our schools, teachers, and students.”