NewsLocal News


Common Core 'officially eradicated' from Florida classrooms

Posted at 11:13 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 11:35:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Education says Common Core has been "officially eradicated" from state classrooms.

The Department of Education released the proposed Florida B.E.S.T. (Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking) Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Friday.

Richard Corcoran, the commissioner of education, is recommending that the State Board of Education formally adopt these standards Feb. 12. After State Board of Education approves the move, instructional materials are expected to be released in April 2020.

The move would make Florida the first state with a civics booklist incorporated into English Language Arts (ELA) standards, as well as the first in the nation to have a booklist across all grades.

“Florida has officially eliminated Common Core. I truly think this is a great next step for students, teachers, and parents,” said Gov.Ron DeSantis. “We’ve developed clear and concise expectations for students at every grade level and allow teachers the opportunity to do what they love most – inspire young Floridians to achieve their greatest potential. These standards create pathways for students that lead to great college and professional outcomes and parents will now be able to reinforce what their children are learn in the classroom every day. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards were made by Florida teachers for Florida students, and I know they will be a model for the rest of the nation.”

Corcoran says the B.E.S.T. Standards also get rid of "crazy math."

“Governor DeSantis made it very clear that we had to reimagine the pathway to young Floridians becoming great citizens, and we’ve done exactly that with the B.E.S.T. Standards,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “Florida will be the first state in the nation with an ELA booklist that spans grades K-12, the first state in the nation with a civics booklist embedded in its ELA standards, and a state that has dropped the crazy math. Florida has completely removed ourselves from the confines of Common Core.”

Click here to read more about the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards including the benchmarks and quick facts.