What are the Florida Standards?

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What are the Florida Standards?

  • What are the Florida Standards?

  • What is the Florida Standards Assessment?

  • How did this national movement get started?

  • Who is impacted by the standards change?

  • What are the implications for teachers and students with this transition?

  • How can you support your child in this journey?

  • Where can you find additional information?

So what is the big deal?

  • So what is the big deal?

What type of thinking is involved?

    • What type of thinking is involved?
    • How deeply do you need to understand a topic to interact with the content being presented?
    • What kinds of cognitive tasks are being asked of students? Simple recall of facts? Analyze a complex argument?

Low Levels of Rigor

  • Low Levels of Rigor

    • NGSSS featured large amounts of knowledge and recall learning targets
    • Under-developing critical thinking abilities
    • Disadvantaged in college and the workplace

Lack of Clarity

  • Lack of Clarity

    • “Write for a variety of purposes.”
    • “Respond to variety of literary/informational texts.”
    • “Competently use money.”
    • Were these standards clear to teachers, students, and parents?


  • Inconsistencies

    • Different districts set different learning targets
    • Different classrooms learning different topics
    • We must expect high achievement from all students in all classrooms
    • Florida chose to include more standards than those outlined in Common Core

Increased complexity of texts

    • Increased complexity of texts
    • Focus on foundational math skills and application in novel, real-world situations
    • A return to depth as opposed to breadth
    • Increased focus on justifying and presenting results and methods
    • Critical reading and writing infused across all curricular areas
    • Re-ordering of math content to reflect research-based path to college and career readiness


  • Preparation:

  • The Florida Standards will prepare students for both college and the workplace and emphasizes higher-order, critical-thinking skills instead of knowledge and recall.


  • Competition:

  • The Florida Standards have been influenced by internationally-benchmarked standards, ensuring that our students are prepared to be competitive in the global job market.


  • Clarity:

  • The standards are focused, coherent, and clear. Everyone knows what is expected of our students.


  • Collaboration:

  • The Florida Standards are a foundation for teachers across districts to work together from the same blueprints. This facilitates the sharing of best practices.

  • English/Language Arts (ELA) (Reading and Writing)

  • Mathematics

K-12 students

  • K-12 students

  • Current 3rd – 11th graders will take the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)


  • NOW!

  • Have been working towards the instructional shifts over the past two years.

  • Fully implemented and assessed in 2014-2015

The Florida Standards and their accompanying assessments will provide a valid comparison to other districts across the state, and to some degree to other states.

  • The Florida Standards and their accompanying assessments will provide a valid comparison to other districts across the state, and to some degree to other states.

  • Promotion

  • Graduation

  • College Admission

FCAT Writes Prompt Example

  • FCAT Writes Prompt Example

  • Everyone has a hero or someone they look up to. Think about a hero or someone you look up to in your life. Now write to explain why this person is your hero.

FCAT (old)

  • FCAT (old)

  • 1. With which sentence would the author agree?

  • A. Learning is exciting no matter how you do it.

  • B. All students should go to school on the Internet.

  • C. Thousands of students in the same class are too many.

  • D. Online classrooms are a good alternative.


  • 5.

  • Part A

  • How has learning from a distant place changed over time?

  • A. Students can ask questions faster.

  • B. Students can hear their teacher during the same class time.

  • C. Students use the mail to receive and send work.

  • D. Students live far apart from their classmates.

  • Part B

  • Select one sentence that supports the answer in Part A.

  • A. “The students can live in one country, and the teacher can be from another country.”

  • B. “All the children could hear their teacher at the same time, but were hundreds of miles apart.”

  • C. “They got their lessons in the mail, did their homework, and mailed it back to the teacher.”

  • D. “Everyone can see and hear everything that’s being said as it happens.”

  • E. “Sometimes, they don’t have to have a class where everyone is together all at once.”


  • http://www.fsassessments.org/training-tests


  • Resources:

  • Parent Guides to Student Success

  • www.pta.org/common_core_standards.asp

  • By grade level

  • Sample of what your child will be working on

  • Activities included for you to support at home

  • FSA Portal

  • http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-parents

Attention to Text Complexity

  • Attention to Text Complexity

  • Emphasis on Student Tasks (especially writing)

  • Responsibility for Reading & Writing Instruction

  • - Every Teacher, Every Subject, Every Day!

Standards for Mathematical

  • Standards for Mathematical

  • CONTENT (Familiar)

  • Define what students should know and be able to do (The “What”)

  • Standards for Mathematical PRACTICE (New and Different)

  • Describe ways in which the mathematical content standards should be approached (The “How”)

Promote deep student discussion on the content

  • Promote deep student discussion on the content

  • Emphasis on Student Tasks (performance-tasks)

  • Include PRACTICE Standards at all grade levels

  • Expanded use of technology

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • Model with mathematics.

  • Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • Attend to precision.

  • Look for and make use of structure.

  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

PCS website – www.pcsb.org

  • PCS website – www.pcsb.org

  • Online learning tools

  • Digital Learning

  • Beyond the Classroom

Other useful websites to search for information:

  • Other useful websites to search for information:

  • www.fldoe.org

  • www.cpalms.org

You may contact:

  • You may contact:

  • Holly Slaughter, Pinellas County Schools

  • slaughterh@pcsb.org

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