Common Core State Standards, 140 characters at a time.
The Florida Department of Education’s Twitter account is now sending out a “standard of the day” to its more than 5,700 followers. The tweets include a link to the math and English language arts standards which outline what students should know at the end of each grade.
Florida is one of 45 states and the District of Columbia which have fully adopted the standards. But Common Core opponents are becoming more organized and vocal in Florida, and a lawmaker introduced a bill last week that would put implementation of the new standards on hold.
The department tweeted out the first standards Tuesday. From sixth grade English language arts:
— FL Dept of Education (@EducationFL) September 3, 2013
The department followed with this second grade math standard today:
Common Core State Standard of the Day: Grade 2 – Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and… http://t.co/5b2siu9ctZ
— FL Dept of Education (@EducationFL) September 4, 2013
Most polls show the general public knows little about the Common Core. The standard of the day is the newest part of the department’s ongoing public relations campaign to educate the public about the standards. Likewise, opponents are trying to raise questions and doubts about the standards.
Kindergarten, first and classes grade classes are using Common Core now. Other grades are using a blend of Common Core and current standards this year. Common Core is scheduled to fully replace Florida’s standards at the beginning of the 2014 school year.
New tests tied to the Common Core will mostly replace the FCAT, likely in early 2016. Those tests are expected to be more difficult and fewer students will meet state expectations.