National Common Core Curriculum

Senate President Don Gaetz has said he wants to see education become more relevant to workforce needs and demands and a bill clearing the Senate’s Education Committee would do just that. The proposal lays out different ways students can fulfill their high school graduation requirements while also earning industry certifications along the way.

Florida Department of Education

Over the past year the Florida Department of Education has weathered criticism over the way it scored student exams, the resignation of a commissioner and now, the fumbled rollout of new teacher evaluations. The Department’s Interim Education Commissioner appeared before a Senate Education Committee Thursday calling it a “painful year.”

Palm Beach Post

Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson is touring the state and talking with parents and local school officials about the results of this year’s FCAT test and end-course exams. Robinson has been trying to communicate the relationship between the current tests and future learning requirements that will be soon coming online.

Florida students begin testing under revised FCAT scoring system

Students across the state are taking their annual Florida Comprehensive Assessment test, commonly called the FCAT. State leaders have raised the bar for passing grades this year, and the move has school districts bracing for lower school grades. But as Lynn Hatter reports, the harder test is part of a national trend.