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DOE Official: Implementing Common Core Replacement Standards A 'Multi-Year Process'

Jessica Yeary being sworn-in virtually as public defender
Jessica Yeary
Jessica Yeary being sworn-in virtually as public defender

A top Florida Department of Education official says incorporating new math and reading standards is “a multi-year, phased process.”

Chancellor Jacob Oliva addressed the board during its meeting in Hillsborough County Wednesday.

“When we go through the process of writing and developing new standards, and getting aligned materials and aligned assessments, that doesn’t happen overnight,” Oliva told the board.

The new standards replace Common Core standards Florida used for a decade. Oliva says the process of adopting the new standards starts with getting new materials that align with the lessons.

Board member Marva Johnson asked Oliva if COVID-19 disruptions are posing a challenge to that process:

As it relates to potential delays due to having to shift how you roll this out, because you won’t have all of the opportunities for physical engagement, and face-to-face training for the teachers,” Johnson said, asking Oliva if he feels teachers have confidence that they’ll be ready to teach the standards.

Oliva says DOE has contracted with outside companies to work on professional development, and some of the trainings that were planned to happen face-to-face have will move forward online.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.