Common Core State Standards
A bill passed by the Florida Legislature would no longer allow school districts to collect student data like fingerprints.
The State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to go forward with dozens of changes to the Common Core State Standards, a move that seemed unlikely to quell the grass-roots furor over the educational benchmarks.
Later this month, Florida will hold three public hearings on controversial new education standards.
Pam Stewart, the interim education commissioner chosen after Tony Bennett’s abrupt resignation in August, has been officially hired as Bennett’s successor.
There is another change coming for students in Florida who are already tired of all the statewide standardized tests they have to take every year. Now, Florida’s schools are adopting uniform academic standards shared with most other states.
Despite new higher academic standards, Florida’s high school students rose to the challenge in 2012, with 231 high schools getting an A grade, up from 148 in 2011. The Florida Department of Education released the preliminary results on Friday.