Florida Chooses Replacement for the FCAT
On March 17, 2014, Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the selection of the
not-for-profit American Institutes for Research to provide Florida's new English
language arts and mathematics assessment to replace FCAT 2.0 exams
beginning in 2014-15 school year.
State Approves New Name for Common Core State Standards
On February 18, 2014, the State Board of Education revised elements of the
Common Core State Standards and renamed the benchmarks the Florida
Standards. The board voted unanimously to revise the student performance
standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The revisions followed
more than 19,000 comments and suggestions from the public. Here are the
- 13 clarifications
- Addition of cursive writing to 4th and 5th grade standards
- 24 clarifications
- 2 deleted standards in kindergarten and first grade
- 60 new standards, including 53 for calculus at the high school level
These documents from the Florida Department of Education show the
revised Florida Standards and indicate which standards have been added,
deleted or amended.
Florida Department of Education — Background
The Common Core State Standards were developed and voluntarily
adopted by 45 states, including the District of Columbia, four territories
and the Department of Defense. The Florida State Board of Education
adopted the Common Core in July of 2010.