Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a proposal on Tuesday to eliminate certain annual standardized tests in favor of shorter “progress monitoring” exams as part of an effort to drive out the national Common Core standards from the state’s schools.
“Florida’s education focus should be students’ growth and how we restore the conversation between parents and teachers in support of students’ growth,” DeSantis said in a statement.
“In this final step to eradicate Common Core from our assessments, our administration is implementing the lessons learned from progress monitoring both during the state’s recovery and from our districts and schools that were already showing how we can better support students reaching their own unique growth goals,” the governor said.
DeSantis referred to Florida as the “Education State” in a Twitter post about the announcement on Tuesday.
“Today I announced our plan to make Florida the first state to fully transition to progress monitoring,” the governor said.
“No more FSA testing. No more Common Core,” he said.
Common Core, a legacy of former President Barack Obama and his administration, has proved very unpopular with many Americans. While the left pushes anti-American critical race theory and more, Florida is moving forward with its own approach.
Should more states follow Florida’s lead? Wouldn’t that be nice? While many red states have rejected Common Core curriculum or banned the teaching of critical race theory, Florida is the first state to reject the standardized testing going with it.
It’s part of a growing ideological civil war taking place between conservative led states and states following the left’s radical agenda. Which way is better?
Let’s just say Florida is sending its teachers $1,000 bonuses while other states have closed due to not having enough teachers.
Former President Donald Trump pushed back on the left’s reach into public education during his four years, but it didn’t take long for the rubber band to snap back to the radical agenda prevalent during the Obama administration. While some have argued Biden’s term is Carter 2.0, when it comes to education it could be described as Obama’s third term.
This is where the issue of school choice could become very interesting. What if every American family could choose to put its education tax dollars toward the education it believed worked best? You’d quickly see a turnaround. Some parents would pocket the money and homeschool their kids and keep more of their tax dollars. But many others would invest in schools that better reflected their conservative American views, investing in competitive education that honors the flag, the nation and America’s values.
The new DeSantis education plan won’t fix America’s broken education system, but it’s a step in the right direction. Perhaps it will lead to more conservative leaders who will resist bad education policy and make the students they lead the priority over a leftist agenda.