Commissioner Pam Stewart said that the American Institutes for Research were selected from three finalists to prepare the assessment to replace FCAT 2.0 and the Common Core-related PARCC.
“The new assessment will measure each child’s progress and achievement on the Florida Standards, which were developed with an unprecedented amount of public input,” said Stewart. “This assessment supports our new standards, which emphasize flexibility for teachers to make their own decisions in classrooms while preparing our students to analyze and think.”
According to a press release from the Florida Department of Education, “Governor Scott also set out eight goals for the new assessment to ensure the best outcome for Florida students. Among those eight objectives were an emphasis on prompt reports of results, no significant change in testing time for students, no significant increase in costs of the assessments and an assurance that testing dates be as close as possible to the end of the school year to maximize learning opportunities. This assessment meets those goals.”
This new assessment will be based on the Florida Standards, which were released in February and are based on the nationally-recognized Common Core standards.
The American Institutes for Research one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations, according to its website.