Florida’s standards ‘better than the Common Core,’ institute says

Jul 8, 2020 by

A second review offers a more positive view of the academic guidelines than the first one did.

A California-based think tank has released a review of Florida’s new academic standards that casts the initiative in a much more flattering light than the first outside assessment.

The Independent Institute, a center-right leaning organization, published its 22-page briefing on the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking just before the three-day holiday weekend. In it, the authors took issue with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s scathing criticism that other states would be wise to look elsewhere if seeking a model to fashion new standards after.

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The latest overview calls the math standards “exemplary” and the language arts guidelines “the strongest standard in ELA currently in use in the United States.”

It picks apart many of the critiques raised in the Fordham report. It additionally praises Florida for focusing its attention on what it means to be a learner, rather than simply on what students should learn.

“We commend Florida’s approach, in which the teacher enables literature to bring knowledge — of the human condition and the world — to its students,” the authors wrote. “We believe that the state is unique in supporting this approach with a remarkably coherent vision — and an explicit and sequenced strategy for achieving it. We find this both refreshing and long overdue.”

They also derided the notion that Florida’s math standards focus too heavily on process to the detriment of conceptual understanding, calling that criticism “incomprehensible.”

Source: Florida’s standards ‘better than the Common Core,’ institute says

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