Florida standards revisions on tap for later in January
Under fire from Common Core opponents, Gov. Rick Scott had the Florida Department of Education hold public hearings on the standards in October. The idea was to hear specific areas where the state might improve upon the standards for Florida students.
The time has arrived for the state to consider any resulting changes.
In a presentation to the Florida Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, education commissioner Pam Stewart is slated to tell the panel that the public comments will go to the State Board of Education on Jan. 21. A website will then open for the public to further opine on proposed standards revisions, which would go to the State Board for a vote on Feb. 18.
Board members have stressed their overall support for the Common Core, adopted in 2010. They have left room for "tweaks," which are what is expected to emerge in this latest round of review. None of the details have yet been released.
The state has moved away from its commitment to the PARCC testing consortium associated with Common Core, suggesting it might find a better alternative elsewhere. Five companies have submitted proposals to provide assessments to Florida, but PARCC did not.
The FLDOE plans to evaluate the five proposals on Friday, with negotiations to follow. Stewart is expected to make a decision in March.