In another effort to scrub the phrase "Common Core" from Florida's education landscape, a proposed bill in the Florida House deletes the words in favor of more generic, and less controversial, terms. The document scratches out "common core standards" and "common core assessments," replacing them with the "state standards" and "statewide, standardized assessments," according to an analysis by House staff.
State leaders have faced heated opposition in recent months because of Florida's embrace of Common Core, benchmarks for what students should learn in language arts and math.
In response, they've moved to call them state standards, Florida standards or our standards, arguing the new names makes sense since Florida is making changes (though minor ones) to Common Core, which was adopted by 45 states.
The proposed bill by the House's K-12 education panel is a catch-all that mostly deletes references to obsolete program or fixes technical problems. But it also does away with references to Common Core where standards and standardized tests are discussed.
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test -- the state's main standardized exam -- is to be replaced next year with a new series of reading and math exams aligned to Common Core.
The name change does nothing to appease critics, said Chris Quackenbush of Stop Common Core FL.
"They're not fooling anyone," Quackenbush said. "A rose by any other name...."
Florida is not the only state trying to re-brand Common Core, according to the Washington Post. Arizona and Iowa are also "slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal," the paper said.
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