Parents protesting over Common Core standards in Orange Co.
By Melissa Mahadeo, Reporter -
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -
Florida education officials have officially adopted a handful of changes to school standards known as "Common Core State Standards."
The changes were adopted Tuesday during a State Board of Education meeting in Orlando.
The benchmarks for learning in language arts and math were adopted by Florida in 2010 and have been approved by more than 40 other states.
The standards were developed by a coalition of state leaders and establish what a student should know to be prepared for college and the workforce.
State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart also says she remains "on track" to make a decision in March regarding a new statewide testing assessment. It will replace existing tests which are primarily known as the FCAT.
Those changes would go into effect next school year.
Orange County District headquarters was packed with concerned parents Tuesday morning.
The Common Core, promoted by the Obama administration, is way to replace the current state standards with a new set of rigorous learning goals in both math and reading