On October 1, 2019 the Florida Department of Education announced a “listening tour” to gather public comment on 346 pages of the second draft of the new Florida Standards written to replace Common Core. Please note that the state is granting 1 hour per meeting at locations that cannot be considered convenient to major districts except Tampa. Notably, Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval are excluded from the itinerary.
Commissioner Corcoran is planning on zero attendance or interest from the public. Our children need us to be present. PM Kathleen Oropeza on Facebook or email at kathleen@FundEducationNow.org, and tell me which meeting you can attend to use your voice to stand up for our children. Contact me as soon as possible.
All meetings are from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:00 pm
Florida Department of Education Florida Standards Listening Tour – Locations & dates:
- October 7, 2019 – Sebring Middle School – 500 East Center Street, Sebring, Florida 33870 – Highlands County
- October 8, 2019 – Winter Springs High School – 130 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs, Florida 32708 – Seminole County
- October 10, 2019 – Alachua County School District Office – 620 East University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601 – Alachua County
- October 14, 2019 – John I. Leonard High School – 4701 10th Avenue North, Greenacres, Florida 33463 – Palm Beach County
- October 16, 2019 – Collier County School District Office – 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, Florida 34109 – Collier County
- October 17, 2019 – Jefferson High School – 4401 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida 33607 – Hillsborough County
- October 21, 2019 – Liberty Pines Academy – 10901 Russell Sampson Road, St. Johns, Florida 32259 – St. Johns County
- October 22, 2019 – Hamilton County High School – 5683 US Highway 129 South, Jasper, Florida 32052 – Hamilton County
- October 23, 2019 – Walton High School – 449 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433 – Walton County
Give written input:
Governor DeSantis ran on the promise that he would get rid of Florida’s Common Core State Standards which are restricted to Math and Language Arts. His position stems from years of protracted objections to the controversial standards by folks across the political spectrum since their adoption in 2010. In January 2019, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-32 to eliminate Common Core and adjust the Civics Standards. As a result, Commissioner Corcoran is conducting a comprehensive review of the academic standards for Florida’s K-12 students and will recommended revisions to the Governor by January 1, 2020.
Why are we spending millions of dollars to write new standards for Math, Language Arts and Civics when the original Sunshine State Standards were not broken? New standards are an expensive proposition that may yield little change. Keep in mind that in all other areas Florida still uses the Sunshine State Standards.
With Florida’s focus on accelerated learning and “training,” these new standards might also be developmentally inappropriate, especially for Kindergarten. Since the FSA is based on Common Core, Florida will bear the enormous expense of paying for new curricula and standardized tests, which could be embedded into day to day learning, morphing into a different sort of high stakes. How do students benefit from this? The fact remains that writing entirely new standards based on vague goals such as “providing a road map to make Florida’s standards number one in the nation,” requires that we pay close attention.
Here are some areas of concern:
- Accelerated path to new standards. The entire process is rushed taking 6 months from start to approval
- Who will pay for the enormous expense of changing curriculum, training teachers, buying new classroom materials and tests?
- 1 Hour for public input per location is unacceptable, particularly when major districts such as Duval, Broward and Miami-Dade are ignored
- Focusing on the politics of “getting rid of Common Core” ignores serious impact that the new standards will have on of high stakes testing, mandatory retention and the gross inequities of the FL A-F Accountability system
- Does “streamlining” tests include allowing ESOL/ELL students to take tests in their native language?
- How will the new standards measure up to national and international benchmarks such as NAEP, TIMMS, PIRLS and PISA?
- How will the introduction of these new standards impact students? Will it be gradual or abrupt?
The goals Gov. DeSantis outlines in Executive Order 19-32 are very broad, giving Commissioner Corcoran great freedom in presenting solutions:
Section 1. By January 1, 2020, the Commissioner of Education-shall comprehensively review Florida’s Kindergarten through grade twelve academic standards and provide recommended revisions to the Governor –
- Articulate how Florida will eliminate Common Core (Florida Standards) and ensure we return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic;
- provide a road map to make Florida’s standards number one in the nation;
- reflect the Commissioner’s consultation with relevant stakeholders to include parents and teachers; D. 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 Unites States Constitution, so as to be capable of discharging the responsibilities associated with American citizenship;
- outline a pathway for Florida to be the most literate state in the nation.
Links to the second draft of the revised standards, recently released by the FLDOE and based on feedback received from Florida teacher experts, national experts and the education community:
Here are some links that compare Florida standards to other states.
Here’s a timeline from the FLDOE which shows a definite fast track that from January to implementation:
Getting “Rid of Common Core” is nothing new
Back in 2013, Gov. Rick Scott held an “Education Summit” (which he did not attend) to get rid of Common Core. The effort was a deceptive ruse that made minor changes such as adding cursive writing but did nothing to significantly alter any of the Math or Language Arts Common Core Standards. Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell noted that: “It would be like me buying a new collar for my cat, Furball, renaming him “Meatloaf” — and telling you I got a new pet.”
Originally, concerns about changing the standards to Common Core from the Florida Sunshine State Standards revolved around whether they were developmentally appropriate, especially for young students and many felt these new national standards were really an extreme Federal overreach.