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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test

State mandates pose challenges for local schools

State mandates pose challenges for local schools

For the past few years, the term has become something of a political football, with opponents kicking as hard as they can against it, Orange County School Board member Nancy Robbinson noted. That’s one reason why the state of Florida decided to drop the name given to the new education standards known as Common Core – although not the standards themselves, since Florida was one of 44 states to adopt them. Instead, Robbinson noted, they will be called the Florida Standard Assessments, and she said the changes appear likely to be beneficial to local students, and an improvement over the FCAT testing. “When we had FCAT, there were many, many standards, and we taught...