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Florida Board of Education to amend state math standards



It's been a two years since Florida renamed and tweaked the Common Core into what leaders now consider the state's own academic standards.

Since then, much of the attention has gone to the tests, their scoring and their use in things such as teacher evaluations and school grades.

Next week, the standards return to the forefront, as the State Board of Education considers several amendments to Florida's math expectations. It will look at deleting some of the items, amending others and adding new ones.

The big expansion comes in calculus, which the board added to the mix in 2014. Other changes point students toward more broad understanding of concepts, a big deal in Common Core, rather than rote memorization.

For instance, the proposal recommends deleting this standard: "Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps." 

A new standard would read: "Understand how to use a ruler to measure length to the nearest inch. a. Recognize that the ruler is a tool that can be used to measure the attribute of length. b. Understand the importance of the zero point and end point and that the length measure is the span between two points. c. Recognize that the units marked on a ruler have equal length intervals and fit together with no gaps or overlaps. These equal interval distances can be counted to determine the overall length of an object."

Review all the proposed changes here. The board meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in Tallahassee.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 12:51pm]


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