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Florida Matters: Choosing The Next FCAT

Republican, Democrat and independent candidates were unanimous Tuesday -- Florida schools test too much.

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to recommend a test to (mostly) replace the FCAT this month. A new test is needed because Florida is finishing the switch to new K-12 math, language arts and literacy standards this fall. The standards are largely based on Common Core standards fully adopted by 44 other states [...]

A Close Reading Of Arguments For And Against Common Education Standards

The Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, near Cork, Ireland. The stone imparts "the ability to deceive without offending" -- flattery would be a form -- to those who kiss it.

University of South Florida education professor Sherman Dorn parses some of the language — what he calls “blarney” in a St. Pat’s Day theme — surrounding new education standards adopted by Florida, 44 other states and the District of Columbia. The standards, known as Common Core, ask students to know fewer topics, but to have [...]

Three Questions About The Florida Education Commissioner’s Resignation

University of South Florida education professor Sherman Dorn.

University of South Florida education professor Sherman Dorn literally wrote (well, edited) the book on Florida’s education reform policies. So we grabbed him for a few minutes to ask what Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson’s resignation might mean long-term. Dorn says Robinson was put in a particularly difficult position and that Florida’s education chief is a [...]

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