Should Florida postpone implementation of the Common Core?
Florida school district superintendents have begged for relief when it comes to implementing the Common Core State Standards, saying they don't have enough time to prepare in advance of the 2014-15 scheduled start date.
At least one state lawmaker has heard the cry.
State Rep. Michael Clelland, D-Lake Mary, filed legislation Tuesday that would give districts another two years to get ready. HB 377 is a simple three-sentence proposal to have Florida public schools begin using and assessing the CCSS in 2016-17. It does not seek to change the state's fundamental accountability approach:
"Developed to ensure that students consistently receive a high-quality education and that teachers implement effective strategies by providing benchmarks for skills and knowledge that their students should attain, the Common Core State Standards shall be assessed for accountability purposes and shall affect the performance evaluation of students, instructional personnel, and school administrators."
Clelland could not be reached for comment. Some key legislative leaders have signaled their willingness to consider delaying timetables for implementation of the several major education changes coming in the next two years. Should Common Core get more time to come to fruition?