Florida's U.S. history standards get an upgrade
Here's an insight into the workings of Florida education and politics these days.
Back in February, the right-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute rated all states on their U.S. history standards. The group found Florida's rigor and content strong, but its presentation weak — overall, the state got a C, up from a D in 2003 but not good enough for Florida leaders.
Fast forward six months, and you'll find the Florida Department of Education has responded to the criticism with revisions to the standards, effective immediately. (History teachers, that means you.)
Interim chancellor Mike Grego sent out this memo to explain the changes.
One of the major areas for improvement in Florida targeted by the Fordham Report was specificity. After much research, exploration, evaluation, and discussion, the decision was made to improve the American History strand of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies at all grade levels, K-12. This improvement was made in the Remarks and Examples section of the benchmarks. They were revised by a committee of district social studies supervisors and teachers to increase specificity and accuracy, based on the suggestions of the Fordham Report.
You can find the new standards at www.floridastandards.org.