Florida is pulling out of a group of states that is developing computer-based assessments for the Common Core State Standards.
In an executive order issued on Monday, September 23, Gov. Rick Scott told state education officials to withdraw from the consortium, asked the state education commissioner to start looking for other exams, and requested a review of student data security policies as well as a teacher evaluation system, according to the Miami Herald.
Scott made the decision amidst pressure from Tea Party groups, the Herald reported. The state will still use the Common Core State Standards, but Scott said that the federal government had become too involved in the assessment consortium when it should have been left up to state and local decision-makers.
Leaders in the Democratic Party did not agree, however, pointing out that the federal government was not developing the assessments — the states in the consortium were.