By The News Service of Florida
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday formally received two high-profile education bills that would overhaul the state’s standardized testing system and create a public-records exemption for colleges and universities as they search for new presidents.
DeSantis will have until March 29 to act on the bills, which received final approval this month from the Legislature.
One of the bills (SB 1048) is aimed at ending the Florida Standards Assessments and replacing the standardized exams with a “progress monitoring system” that would test students three times a year. Students would be required to take progress-monitoring tests at the beginning, middle and end of each school year. The final tests of the year would be used for accountability purposes to determine such things as graduation for high-school students and school grades.
The other bill (SB 520) would create a public-records exemption to shield information about applicants to become presidents of state colleges and universities. The bill would exempt from disclosure “personal identifying information” about people applying to lead colleges and universities until near the end of searches, when information about finalists would be released.