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03/23/14

New Florida Test May Have Ups, Downs

The Ledger (FL) (03/23/14) Marston, Glenn

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has approved a $220 million, six-year contract for a new set of tests from American Institutes for Research (AIR). The tests, which are expected to be ready next spring, will replace the current Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), and they are expected to cost less than either the FCAT or the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness tests. Florida's new state standards include cursive writing requirements and other changes to the Common Core standards. Stewart chose the AIR test because it is connected to a consortium that is developing tests for the Common Core curricula, and because AIR is familiar with the Common Core Standards. Unlike the Common Core, Florida's AIR test will be exclusive to the state.
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