DORAL, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a plan Tuesday to eliminate the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA).
During a news conference in South Florida, Gov. DeSantis detailed the plan to end the FSA, the final step to end Common Core in Florida.
What You Need To Know
- Gov. DeSantis announces plan to end Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) test
- Plan would end for the 2022-23 school year
- Will be replaced by student progress monitoring 3 times a year
The plan would drop the testing in the 2022-23 school year.
The FSA will be replaced by monitoring student progress three times a year.
"It's quite frankly outdated," Gov. DeSantis said during the news conference.
Any plan to end the FSAs would have to go through the Florida Legislature.
Gov. DeSantis said the new assessments will be unique to each student and would allow for timely data on the student during the school year so educators can make adjustments.
"It takes days to administer leaving less time for student learning, it is not customizable to each student, which have the capaility to do with algorithms to do," DeSantis said. "We are going to replace it with progress monitoring which many school districts are doing anyways this is individualized check in assesments that happen three times per year, this will take hours, not days to do these assesments."
FAQ: What is Common Core?
Q: What are the Common Core State Standards?
A: The standards spell out the reading and math skills that students should have at each grade level, from kindergarten through high school. For example, a first-grade reader should be able to use a story's pictures and details to describe its characters. In math, a first-grade student should be able to add and subtract, and in third grade do multiplication and division.
Q: Is this a set curriculum?
A: This actually isn't a curriculum in the sense of prescribing day-by-day lessons. Schools and teachers still come up with their own lessons to teach the skills to students.
Q: Weren't there standards before?
A: Yes, but they varied from state to state. Some states had very few changes to make when they shifted to Common Core, while others had to overhaul their existing plans.
Q: How is Common Core different from the old standards?
A: The new standards require students to think and reason more. It's not enough to recall facts or do a math problem. Students have to explain their process.
Q: Who wrote these standards?
A: The National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers developed the standards with help from teachers, parents and experts.