Utah students took their state’s new Common Core tests this spring, and they struggled so badly that a majority of Utah schools could end up graded D or F.
Despite the more than 2,000 miles that separate the two states, what happened in Utah could resonate in Florida. This spring, Sunshine State students also will be taking Common Core standardized tests filled with questions from Utah’s exams.
Plenty of Florida educators and parents are already concerned Florida hasn’t given schools enough time to prepare students for tough new tests, which will replace most of the FCAT — the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The Utah results only add to those worries.
“All parents want high standards for their kids, they want the best education possible, but they object to too many tests and the way the tests are used, such as assigning letter grades to school,” said Latha Krishnaiyer, past president of both the Broward County PTA and the Florida PTA.