debate over new rules (HB 7117) for Florida’s school accountability system, state
Rep. Janet Adkins remarked this week that schools have had since 2010 to
implement the Common Core standards.
It was part of the rationale against giving schools a three-year transition
period to new school grading and accountability measures, which superintendents
and others have requested.
Florida Education Association president Andy Ford found the statement so
misleading that he sent a letter to all House members on Thursday to rebut the
claim. “Just because an elected official believes and says the Florida
standards have been fully implemented since 2010, does not make it so,”
He noted that the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core in 2010,
but that the state implementation plan didn’t come out until 2011. (See
it here, reiterated for the State Board on page 28 of its February 2013
meeting materials.) That plan made clear that in 2013-14 — the current school
year — the full Common Core rollout would be in kindergarten through second
grade. The rest of the grade levels would be included in 2014-15 — that’s next
Ford then pointed out that many teachers have yet to receive training to
make the transition to the new standards and tests.
“As you can clearly see, full implementation of the Florida standards
from K-12 has not yet occurred,” Ford wrote. “Professional
development and aligned resources are not yet fully available to Florida
teachers. Our teachers need more time, more resources and more training to
prepare themselves and their students for the deep learning required by these
HB 7117 has received its first reading on the House floor. Its Senate
counterpart remains in the committee process.
what she wants.