Standards Review

Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards Benchmarks for Excelllent Student Thinking Fast Facts  Our Task Eliminate Common Core Create a roadmap to #1 Standards in the U.S. Include FL parents and teachers in the process Increase the quality of curriculum Streamline testing Prioritize civics Outline pathway for Florida to become the most literate state in the nation  The Results Eliminated Common Core Content-rich Back-to-basics building a foundation at early grades Understandable for teachers, parents and students Created by Florida experts including 80+ FL-based teacher & stakeholder groups Flexibility for teachers with a focus on great content Improves rigor across all grades Developmentally appropriate course content Actionable solutions for the reduction of testing Concise standards to set clear expectations for students, teachers and parents Clear expectations for progression year to year through great course alignment First in nation with civics booklist in ELA standards  100,000 Reviews of current & draft standards 80+ Combined years of experience of consulting teacher experts 1,510 Virtual & 11 in-person meetings with FL expert groups 154 More than 80 FL-based teacher and stakeholder groups participated in review 9 Public meetings across Florida to collect feedback  Math Ends “Confusing/Crazy Math” that was a roadblock for parents to help students at home Flexibility given to students to show their unique “strategy” for problem-solving Focus on correct ANSWER, not only the method Balanced emphasis on skills vs. concepts will help struggling students catch up Financial Literacy added throughout high school Moves mastery of basic whole number arithmetic from 6th to 5th grade Full glossary to give teachers and parents a comprehensive understanding Clearer indications of how different topics connect within and from grade to grade Includes real-world context to make math more valuable to overall education  ELA First in nation with integrated booklist across all grades Framing learning around classic literature and primary source materials Students will learn from every major literary period Civic literacy embedded in every grade Moves use of rhetoric and debate from 9th to 6th grade Benchmarks specifically for secondary students reading below grade level Consistent vocabulary so parents and teachers know what’s being asked of students Includes appendix and full glossary to help teachers and parents improve student fluency and understanding  Next Steps 2020-2021 The FL State Board of Education will adopt the package all-in-one and Governor’s proposed budget includes $3 million to support teachers.  2021-2022 ELA curriculum will be updated  2022-2023 Math curriculum will be updated & Assessments will be complete

On January 31, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-32, outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future.

Executive Order 19-32 directs Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to comprehensively review the academic standards for Florida’s Kindergarten through grade twelve students and provide recommended revisions to Governor DeSantis. The recommendations shall:

  • Articulate how Florida will eliminate Common Core (Florida Standards) and ensure we return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic;
  • Provide a roadmap to make Florida’s standards number one in the nation;
  • Reflect Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s consultation with relevant stakeholders to include parents and teachers;
  • Deem how to increase the quality of instructional curriculum;
  • Suggest innovative ways to streamline testing;
  • Identify opportunities to equip high school graduates with sufficient knowledge of America’s civics, particularly the principles reflected in the United States Constitution, so as to be capable of discharging the responsibilities associated with American citizenship; and
  • Outline a pathway for Florida to be the most literate state in the nation.

Standards Review Timeline (PDF)

Comparison of Florida Standards in English Language Arts to Other States (Excel)

Comparison of Florida Standards in Mathematics to Other States (Excel)

Standards Tour Presentation (PDF)

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Florida Standards Listening Tour

Doors will open at 5:00 pm local time. All events will be held from 5:30-6:30 pm local time.

  1. October 7, 2019, Sebring Middle School, 500 East Center Street, Sebring, Florida 33870
  2. October 8, 2019, Winter Springs High School, 130 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs, Florida 32708
  3. October 10, 2019, Alachua County School District Office, 620 East University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601
  4. October 14, 2019, John I. Leonard High School, 4701 10th Avenue North, Greenacres, Florida 33463
  5. October 16, 2019, Collier County School District Office, 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, Florida 34109
  6. October 17, 2019, Jefferson High School, 4401 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida 33607
  7. October 21, 2019, Liberty Pines Academy, 10901 Russell Sampson Road, St. Johns, Florida 32259
  8. October 22, 2019, Hamilton County High School, 5683 US Highway 129 South, Jasper, Florida 32052
  9. October 23, 2019, Walton High School, 449 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433

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Presentations & Communications

  • Chancellor Jacob Oliva Presentation to School Districts - February 13, 2019 (PDF)
    • Presentations also made to:
      • Florida Standards Academy - February 20, 2019
      • Secondary CTE Directors State Meeting - February 20, 2019
      • Florida Philanthropic Network - February 26, 2019
      • Panhandle Area Education Consortium - February 26, 2019
      • Impact Florida - February 28, 2019
      • ESOL, Title III, and World Languages district staff - February 28, 2019
      • Assessment Content Advisory Committee – February 28, 2019
      • Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education – March 1, 2019
      • East Coast Technical Assistance Center – March 1, 2019
      • STEMposium content developers – March 4, 2019
      • Consortium of Florida Education Foundations - March 6, 2019
      • Florida Association of District School Superintendents - March 15, 2019
      • Florida PTA - March 25, 2019
      • Real Talk Coalition - March 25, 2019
      • Florida Children and Youth Cabinet - March 25, 2019
      • Hamilton County School Board - March 26, 2019
      • University of Central Florida College of Education Doctoral Students - March 27, 2019
      • Leadership Bay - March 27, 2019
      • Leadership Florida Education Class IV - March 28, 2019
      • JaxUSA Regional Partner Forum - April 5, 2019
      • Florida Philanthropic Network - April 16, 2019
      • High Impact Teacher Corps Graduation - May 9, 2019
      • FASFEPA - May 15, 2019
      • FOIL - May 15, 2019
      • STEMposium facilitators - May 24, 2019
      • Consortium of Florida Education Foundation - June 12, 2019
      • FSBA/FADSS Joint Conference - June 13, 2019
      • FSU Learning Systems Institute Access and Equity Conference - June 14, 2019
      • NEFEC Summer Leadership Conference - July 9, 2019
      • PAEC Leadership Conference - July 23, 2019
      • School Improvement Summer Academy - July 24, 2019
      • School Improvement North Area Academy - July 31, 2019
      • Annual Assessment and Accountability Meeting - August 28, 2019
  • Memo to School Districts February 15, 2019 (PDF)
  • Memo to School Districts April 5, 2019 (PDF) 
  • Press Release April 8, 2019
  • Stakeholder Email May 31, 2019 (Word)
  • Stakeholder Email August 12, 2019 (Word)
  • Stakeholder Email September 20, 2019 (Word)