The start of the new year means the start of a herculean task for the state education department: choosing, and then deploying, the next generation of standardized tests.
The time frame is tight. But state education officials say they are on schedule to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, within 18 months.
“We are confident that we will have new assessments in place for the 2014-15 school year, and that the assessments will meet the needs of Florida’s students and teachers,” state Department of Education spokesman Joe Follick said.
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