Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Ends ‘Common Core' in His State, Cites ‘Common Sense’
Florida students would 'understand the principles that make America great'
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced the end of Common Core Standards in his state, adding he will be replacing them with school teaching standards that “embrace common sense.”
During a press conference, DeSantis said his new “Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking” (B.E.S.T.) standards would mark a “return to the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic,” according to Fox 13 News.
The governor added that Florida students would “understand the principles that make America great.”
Last year, DeSantis signed an executive order scrapping the controversial 'Obama era' Common Core teaching method.
DeSantis ordered Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to produce a road map for developing a new way to educate the students in the Sunshine State.
Florida moved to a Common Core-type system under former Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in order to bring standards in line with those of other students in the United States after ex-President Barack Obama established the teaching practice in schools across the country in 2010.
On the new standards, the governor stated in a press release:
When I took office, I made a pledge to the citizens of Florida to overhaul our educational standards to remove all vestiges of Common Core and return to the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic.
I am pleased that this historic task has been completed, and we are well on our way to making Florida the best state in the nation for education. My deepest thanks to Commissioner Corcoran and Department of Education staff, Florida teachers, parents, subject matter experts, and stakeholders for their participation in this transparent, in-depth, and comprehensive process.
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said DeSantis “has proven once again that he is the Education Governor.”
Today, I’m pleased to announce my support for the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative with The Marcus Foundation to provide opportunities for Florida students to debate issues related to American civics. Info here – https://t.co/eJCJ1O43ee pic.twitter.com/teTjX8XGq5— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 27, 2020
Amongst the significant changes to K-12 standards are as follows:
- Place reading at the core of the standards development process;
- Place elevated focus on memorizing math facts;
- Content-rich standards that focus on classic literature;
- Define rigor as the product of maintaining high expectations for students
“This is definitely a great step forward because what I’ve seen of the draft, all of our suggestions were taken into consideration,” said middle school teacher Seth Federman, who helped revise the standards.
In June last year, Neon Nettle reported the first high school students to graduate after completing four full years of the controversial Common Core teaching method turned out to be the worst prepared for college in 15 years.
Since Common Core was implemented nationwide, student test scores in the United States, on the nation’s broadest and most respected test, have dropped for the third time in a row.
The drop is a reversal of the upward trend that was experienced between 1990 and 2015.