Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).


Florida fully adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010. These standards are to be fully implemented in the areas of English language arts and mathematics by the 2013-14 school year.

Common Core Standards in Florida
The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.

High standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations that are aligned to the expectations in college and careers. The standards promote equity by ensuring all students, no matter where they live, are well prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad.. Unlike previous state standards, which were unique to every state in the country, the Common Core State Standards enable collaboration between states on a range of tools and policies, including:

  • the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials aligned to the standards;
  • the development and implementation of common comprehensive assessment systems to measure student performance annually that will replace existing state testing systems, and;
  • the changes needed to help support educators and schools in teaching to the new standards.

The Common CSS impacts teachers by:

  • Providing goals and benchmarks to ensure students are achieving certain skills and knowledge by the end of each year;
  • Helping colleges and professional development programs better prepare teachers;
  • Providing the opportunity for teachers to be involved in the development of assessments linked to these top-quality standards;
  • Allowing states to develop and provide better assessments that more accurately measure whether or not students have learned what was taught; and
  • Guiding educators toward curricula and teaching strategies that will give students a deep understanding of the subject and the skills they need to apply their knowledge.

The standards establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

Teachers have been a critical voice in the development of the standards. The Common Core State Standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards.


The AFT believes that strong academic standards are essential if we are to dramatically improve student achievement and to gain public confidence in our education system. (read more)


The NEA joined the partnership developing the standards to insure that the concerns and voices of teachers were considered. And that happened. The project staff met with groups of Mathematics and English Language Arts teachers who were NEA members and National Board Certified. They listened carefully to NEA members and incorporated many of their suggestions into the standards. (read more) (Download Q and A)


In Florida, revised Sunshine State Standards for Reading and Language Arts, by the State Board of Education, were adopted in February 2007 by the State Board of Education. Further revisions to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards have been made to meet the Standards and prepare Florida’s students to effectively engage, communicate, and compete globally with students around the world. Click here for the FLDOE Commom Core Curriculum site

Keep up with the process here.


According to the Florida PTA:

Florida's current "Next Generation Standards" for education are considered among the highest in the nation and will provide the foundation for a near-seamless transition to Common Core State Standards. Adoption and Implementation in Florida will create:


  • Funding Opportunities: There are several federal funding sources that can be accessed for implementation of these standards. Adoption of the Common Core State Standards will allow Florida to apply for these funds.
  • Cost Sharing Opportunities: Florida will be able to share the cost of required, periodic updates in its K-12 curriculum, assessment development, and professional development with other states who have adopted the standards saving Florida money that can be used for other priorities in education.


NEA, AFT, FEA and the Florida PTA support the Common Core State Standards. Florida has been working as a pilot state under a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


The timeline for rolling out the CCSS and aligned assessments in Florida

2011-12  2012-13  2013-14 2014-15
HS Content-level CCSS tutorials available for student use MS content-level CCSS tutorials available for student use EL content- level CCSS tutorials available for student use
Virtual Curriculum live with CCSS materials K-5, ELA and Math instructional materials aligned with CCSS 6-12 ELA and Math instructional materials aligned with CCSS 3,000 model lessons and lesson study toolkits on using data available
CCSS implemented in K CCSS implemented in K-1 CCSS implemented in K-2 CCSS implemented in K-12
Assessment item & task development aligned with CCSS PD assessment resources and online platform developed Field Testing; formative & interim tests aligned with CCSS available Grades 3-11 use new summative assessments aligned with CCSS
Districts provide PD on CCSS Districts support lesson study on CCSS District PD systems align to Lesson Study and CCSS


















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