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Gov. Rick Scott suspends 11th grade English test

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Gov. Rick Scott is officially suspending a standardized test that the state’s 11th graders were supposed to take this spring.

Scott on Tuesday signed an executive order that directs Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to suspend the test.

The governor last week said that there was too much testing going on in Florida’s schools.

He said then he planned to use his executive power to stop the administration of the English language arts test for high school juniors. The test is based on new standards drawn primarily from Common Core standards.

Some school districts, though, said they would not suspend the test without an official order from state officials.

Scott wants legislators to repeal the law that authorized the test, but it’s not clear whether that will occur.


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