The State of Florida has adopted new 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.
As parents and family members, understanding what it’s like for your child to learn under the new 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 Parent Guides for the 2014–2015 school year by grade level.
Under the new Florida Standards, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is being replaced by a new assessment, which will debut in Spring 2015. The new assessment is being developed by the American Institutes for Research. To learn more about the new 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://fsassessments.org/students-and-parents.