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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FL COmmissioner proposes 98 changes to the Common Core

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended 98 changes to the Common Core academic standards, the department announced today.
Many of the recommended changes are minor; they simply tweak the wording for clarity. Others are more substantial. In math, for instance, Florida has proposed adding dozens of standards in calculus and strengthening high school standards in trigonometry to better prepare students for college.
On the other end of the spectrum, the proposed revisions would ease up slightly on academic demands of the youngest students. For instance, kindergarteners would be able to receive “prompting and support” when asked to identify the author and illustrator of a given text and define their roles, rather than being required to come up with the answers on their own. Similarly, the revisions make clear that while kindergarteners will be expected to solve basic word problems in math, they won’t be expected to read the word problems independently.
The revisions would also reinstate cursive handwriting as a mandatory subject.
The recommended changes will be presented to the state board of education for approval next month. The changes reflect extensive public input, including 19,000 written comments and 14 hours of public hearings.
“We have strengthened our standards to ensure they are the best and highest standards,” Stewart said.
— Stephanie Simon


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