The State of Florida has adopted student performance standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, which are called the Florida Standards. The Florida Standards raise the education bar and put more emphasis on critical thinking skills. In English/Language Arts, the Florida Standards increase the focus on nonfiction reading. In Mathematics, students will work deeper in fewer topics. To learn more about the new Florida Standards, visit www.definingthecore.com or the Florida Department of Education www.fldoe.org.
As parents and family members, understanding what it’s like for your child to learn under the Florida Standards is important. It’s our goal to provide you with the resources and information to help prepare your child for success in each grade level. For more information, view the standards by grade level at www.fldoe.org or by subject area at www.cpalms.org.
Under the Florida Standards, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) was replaced by the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which will debuted in the Spring of 2015. This assessment was developed by the American Institutes for Research. To learn more about the assessment, visit: http://www.fldoe.org/eduaccsummit.asp. Parents and students can also learn more about the new assessment and take a sample test, by visiting: http://fsaassessments.org/standards-and-families/.