Florida leaders want state to develop its own test on school standards

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislative leaders are calling on the state to draw up its own test for new standards that will soon be in place.

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz on Wednesday wrote a letter requesting that the state withdraw from a national consortium drawing up tests to measure common core standards.

Instead the two legislative leaders told Education Commissioner Tony Bennett that Florida should develop its own tests.

The legislative leaders said they reached that conclusion because the test drawn up by the national consortium will take too much time to administer.

They also said they were concerned about how long it would take to evaluate test results.

Bennett said the letter raises "critical issues" and he will soon make a decision on what to do.

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