Florida Bill Would Delay Standardized Tests Until Schools Are Ready

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The chairman of Florida's Senate education committee has introduced a bill postponing the next generation of standardized tests until Florida schools prove they have technology and broadband capable of handling the computerized tests.

Sen. John Legg’s bill, S.B. 1630, would require school and district information technology systems “be load tested and independently verified as appropriate, adequate, efficient, and sustainable” to handle the new test.

Whether Florida meets the Fall 2014 deadline for new, tougher education standards — known as Common Core State Standards — is shaping up to be a significant subplot during this year’s budget debate. With the new standards come a new standardized test, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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