NAPLES, Fla - A big development to a controversial move affecting Southwest Florida classrooms. Governor Rick Scott, R- Florida, announced Florida will not give an end of the year test to students as part of the Common Core State Standards.
The governor said he wants to make sure there isn't any federal intrusion in our education system. Parents tell WINK News the major decision is a step in the right director.
"It really removes control from the school district, it removes control from the teachers and from ultimately the parents over what is being taught to our children," says David Caswell, a father of two.
Florida adopted the system in 2010 and started implementing it in Kindergarten classrooms the following year. Governor Scott has been under scrutiny ever since.
"I'm very happy that at least there's been some progress today," says Caswell.
Happy because Monday, the governor called for public hearings and possible changes to the Common Core Standards.
"Give them a set of standards they can work with that are not too strict and stringent that don't allow them the freedom to teach each individual child at their level," says Erika Donalds, a mother of three.
Right now, the new standards focus on english, math, reading and using those skills to solve real world problems. The big concern for some parents is that teachers will have less control in the classroom because they're forced to teach a certain curriculum.
In May, a representative from the Florida Department of Education addressed those concerns saying Common Core will put kids across the country on the same learning path.
"I think they'll be pleased with what they see," says Mary Tappen.
But parents argue teachers should adjust their lessons based on each student, not a national standard.
"I would hope Florida would try to be the best instead of the same as everyone else," says Donalds.