Fla. governor backtracks on common core testing group

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order that the state cease acting as the "fiscal agent" for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers -- charged with designing tests to assess students' achievement under the Common Core State Standards. Scott has faced political pressure about the common core in Florida, which previously was a leader in the PARCC group. "Unfortunately, PARCC has become a primary entry point for the involvement of the federal government into many of these state and local decisions," Scott wrote in a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan after issuing the order.

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