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Things to know about Common Core State Standards

The best jobs of tomorrow will require workers who can solve problems, work in teams and make sense of complex situations. That's why Florida, along with 45 other states, adopted Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics in 2010 - because there is broad agreement that they are a clear but flexible way to focus on what really matters. In fact, Florida was a leader in making the case that our students would be at a disadvantage without these new, higher standards. 

  • Common Core State Standards work backwards, grade-by-grade, from what modern careers and colleges expect, so students graduate ready to take up their roles in our economy.
  • Common Core State Standards will make our state more military-friendly and more attractive to out-of-state businesses considering bringing jobs here.
  • Common Core State Standards were extensively researched and created by educators in an initiative led by state governors, not federal authorities, to agree on a short list of up-to-date learning goals. 
  • Focusing on skills that can be learned in many different ways but don't dictate curriculum or instructional materials, Common Core State Standards give teachers more freedom in the classroom.

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Deirdre Conner