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Sarasota County Schools Responds to the Elimination of Common Core Standards

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February 1, 2019 – On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced an executive order asking the new Florida Department of Education commissioner, Richard Corcoran to eliminate Common Core standards in schools across the state. Common Core is a set of standards that sets goals for what K-12 students should learn in math and language arts by the end of each grade level. The initial purpose of the standards was to provide clear and concise learning goals to help students prepare for college, career and life. The standards and corresponding assessments determine if a student can move from 3rd grade to 4th grade or even graduate, based on testing outcomes. These standards are also what drives teacher and school district evaluations. The Governor has asked for a year-long evaluation to create new curriculum standards for all school districts. Florida standards and assessments were last changed in 2014. The Governor has not yet asked for a review of assessments and the ways in which they are to be utilized.

“I commend Governor DeSantis for reassessing curriculum standards in our state,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “It’s healthy to review these standards on an on-going basis to determine what subject areas are most important for our students to learn. As our society changes, so should the standards that we work toward. I also call for the Governor to review assessments which are based on these standards – not only the testing of our students, but how their outcomes affect teacher evaluations as well. With performance pay mandated by the state on student assessments, I am hopeful teachers will play a key role in developing the new standards and how assessments are utilized.”

One concern parents and others have about Common Core is the overreaching role the Federal Government has in education. Another is the data that is collected through the standards assessment, which is the primary metric used to determine if a student can advance from 3rd to 4th grade, and even graduate. The Superintendent believes it is important to evaluate student success beyond the standardized assessments.

Once developed, the Governor intends to make curriculum standards recommendations to the Florida Legislature for the 2020 session. 

SEE ATTACHED TEACHER EVALUATION CHART.

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