Florida State Board of Education Rejects Common Core Appendices

florida flagThe Florida State Board of Education voted yesterday to reject part of the Common Core State Standards.

Via Tampa Bay Times:

Hoping to quell some opposition to the controversial Common Core State Standards, the state Board of Education on Tuesday opted not to adopt the reading samples associated with the new national benchmarks.

The board also decided against adopting the student writing samples and suggestions on how to structure math classes.

State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said local school systems would still have the option to use the documents, known collectively as the Common Core appendices.

But, she said, “these are not becoming a required list of ancillary materials for districts to have to use.”

The 5-1 vote to reject the appendices, taken at the urging of Gov. Rick Scott, was among several closely watched decisions made Tuesday.

This is a start, but it isn’t the endgame as the standards themselves need to be rooted out:

“This is lipstick on a pig,” said Chris Quackenbush of the grass roots group Stop Common Core Florida. “We still have concerns. The standards are ambiguous gobbledygook. That needs to be addressed.”

Stewart said there could be additional revisions to the Common Core standards once the Education Department finishes soliciting feedback from parents, teachers, business leaders and other stakeholders. She hinted that those changes might include a rebranding of the Common Core standards as the Florida standards, or something similar.

Changing the name would be nonsense, but other revisions based on feedback would certainly be welcomed.

One thought on “Florida State Board of Education Rejects Common Core Appendices

  1. Sadly, this is more absolutely meaningless “lip service” from the Executive Branch, accomplishing nothing! The list of exemplars in Appendix B of the standards and the reading list were never up for formal “adoption” in the first place. This is grandstanding….our Florida Board of Education has certainly been hearing about the objectionable content in the exemplars, but constructing a “straw man” argument and demolishing it does nothing to solve the real problem: copyrighted, national standards over which Florida has no control but to which Florida is legally bound.

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