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Commissioner Pam Stewart serves on the Governing Board. Vince Verges, State Assessment Director, at the Florida Department of Education, serves as the K-12 Lead for PARCC in Florida. Joe Pickens, President of St. Johns River State College, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Julie Alexander, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and Cassandra Brown, Coordinator of Postsecondary Readiness, Division of Florida Colleges at the Florida Department of Education, coordinate PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.
Florida has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2008, aligning its standards and graduation requirements with the expectations of postsecondary education and employers and instituting a comprehensive P-20 longitudinal data system. In August 2010, Florida became one of twelve states that won the Race to the Top competition. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010, and was one of the founding Governing States in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Leaders from Florida’s K-12 and higher education communities were deeply engaged in the development of PARCC’s proposal for common, next-generation assessments.
All of Florida’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and, ultimately, use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Together, these institutions educate 100% of the freshman entering public colleges and universities in Florida. See a full list of participating institutions here.