Common Core in Florida:
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards

Florida’s implementation of the Common Core has begun to sputter. The Florida Board of Education opted not to implement the Common Core’s reading samples, student writing sample, and recommended structure of math classes. Additionally, Governor Rick Scott withdrew Florida from PARCC, and Florida will design its own Common Core–aligned assessments.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

The Common Core has been fully implemented into Florida’s K–2 curriculum as of the 2013–14 school year. Implementation in grades 3–12 is on track for the 2014–15 school year.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Under the home education law in Florida, homeschoolers are required to undergo an annual evaluation consisting of either a portfolio review, a stardardized test administered by a certified Florida teacher, or an evaluation by a Florida-certified psychologist, or some other mutually agreed upon evaluation measurement. There is potential for the standardized achievement tests under this option to impact homeschoolers as more and more test publishers revise their tests to be aligned with the common core.

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Updated: 6/2/2014