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Questions outnumber answers as district readies for Common Core

By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer

Although the 2013-14 school year is not yet half complete, questions and concerns are continuing to grow over next school year, when Florida schools and others around the country are expected to fully implement the new federal Common Core educational standards.

And so far, it appears the questions outnumber the answers.

Although the state is moving forward with Common Core, just how students will be tested and assessed on those standards is very much in the air. Gov. Rick Scott announced last month his intention to pull Florida out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which received a $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top to “support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system.”

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