Jeb Bush, Gov. Rick Scott wants review of tests and standards

Aug 25, 2014 by

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday will roll out a series of education proposals that touches on everything from high-stakes testing to the cost of college and represents a break from some of the signature moves put in place by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Scott wants to create an independent committee to review the state’s contentious school standards even though a year ago he called for public hearings that resulted in tweaks to the standards based primarily on Common Core. That new committee could come up with additional changes to the standards now in place in Florida’s classrooms.

The Republican incumbent governor also says he will direct Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to do a “thorough and comprehensive investigation” of the use of standardized tests that were the centerpiece of the overhaul initiated when Bush was governor. Bush tied the state’s A-to-F grading of schools, which includes sanctions and rewards, to how students performed on standardized tests.

Scott also will propose a higher education platform that maintains that if he wins re-election he would continue to keep tuition rates down and he will also find a way to drive down college textbooks costs. He also wants to force state universities to disclose more information about the cost of courses and fees.

“Everyone in Florida deserves to live the American dream – and that starts with a great education,” said Scott in a statement about the platform. “We want to make sure that our students have every opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in their careers, and we want to make sure our teachers have every tool they need to make that possible.”

via Breaking with Jeb Bush, Gov. Rick Scott wants review of tests and standards – SaintPetersBlog.

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