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.

Common Core Legislation

SB 864 confirms that district school boards have authority over instructional materials and curricula.


CS/HB 195 modifies provisions dealing with education reports and records, provides an annual notice of student rights, and limits the ability of third parties to collect data on student identity.


HB 25 and its companion bill, SB 1316, were introduced for the 2013–14 legislative session. The bill seeks to prohibit the Florida Board of Education from implementing any of the Common Core standards until more time has been allowed for public comment and a detailed fiscal analysis. This bill died in the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Florida

Governor Rick Scott
Opposes CC

Representative Clelland
Opposes CC

Senator Thompson
Opposes CC

Senator Galvano
Supports CC

Senator Stargel
Supports CC

Senator Brandes
Supports CC

Senator Bean
Supports CC

Representative Mayfield
Opposes CC

Senator Legg
Supports CC

Senator Benacquisto
Supports CC

Senator Sobel
Supports CC

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Updated: 6/2/2014