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Title: Pinellas County Schools

The Florida Standards Florida Standards
Assessment What Every Parent Should Know
  • Pinellas County Schools

Improving Instruction Today Preparing for
Intended Outcomes
  • What are the Florida Standards?
  • What is the Florida Standards Assessment?
  • How did this national movement get started?
  • Who is impacted by the standards change?
  • What are the implications for teachers and
    students with this transition?
  • How can you support your child in this journey?
  • Where can you find additional information?

Are we preparing our students?
Student achievement is drastically low. Our
nation is at a moment of crisis when it comes to
preparing our students for the rigors of college
and the demands of the increasingly global
Source http//
Common Core Overview How did all of this come
  • So what is the big deal?

Were the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State
standards rigorous enough?
  • What type of thinking is involved?
  • How deeply do you need to understand a topic to
    interact with the content being presented?
  • What kinds of cognitive tasks are being asked of
    students? Simple recall of facts? Analyze a
    complex argument?

Why did we need a change in Floridas
  • Low Levels of Rigor
  • NGSSS featured large amounts of knowledge and
    recall learning targets
  • Under-developing critical thinking abilities
  • Disadvantaged in college and the workplace

Why did we need a change?
  • Lack of Clarity
  • Write for a variety of purposes.
  • Respond to variety of literary/informational
  • Competently use money.
  • Were these standards clear to teachers, students,
    and parents?

Why did we need a change?
  • Inconsistencies
  • Different districts set different learning
  • Different classrooms learning different topics
  • We must expect high achievement from all students
    in all classrooms
  • Florida chose to include more standards than
    those outlined in Common Core

How are Florida Standards different?
  • Increased complexity of texts
  • Focus on foundational math skills and application
    in novel, real-world situations
  • A return to depth as opposed to breadth
  • Increased focus on justifying and presenting
    results and methods
  • Critical reading and writing infused across all
    curricular areas
  • Re-ordering of math content to reflect
    research-based path to college and career

Benefits of Florida Standards
  • Preparation
  • The Florida Standards will prepare students for
    both college and the workplace and emphasizes
    higher-order, critical-thinking skills instead of
    knowledge and recall.

Benefits of Florida Standards
  • Competition
  • The Florida Standards have been influenced by
    internationally-benchmarked standards, ensuring
    that our students are prepared to be competitive
    in the global job market.

Benefits of Florida Standards
  • Clarity
  • The standards are focused, coherent, and clear.
    Everyone knows what is expected of our students.

Benefits of Florida Standards
  • Collaboration
  • The Florida Standards are a foundation for
    teachers across districts to work together from
    the same blueprints. This facilitates the sharing
    of best practices.

What are the standards?
  • English/Language Arts (ELA) (Reading and Writing)
  • Mathematics

Who is impacted?
  • K-12 students
  • Current 3rd 11th graders will take the new
    Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)

When is this happening?
  • NOW!
  • Have been working towards the instructional
    shifts over the past two years.
  • Fully implemented and assessed in 2014-2015

What are the implications?
  • The Florida Standards and their accompanying
    assessments will provide a valid comparison to
    other districts across the state, and to some
    degree to other states.
  • Promotion
  • Graduation
  • College Admission

FCAT v. FSA Reading Writing
  • FCAT Writes Prompt Example
  • Everyone has a hero or someone they look up to.
    Think about a hero or someone you look up to in
    your life. Now write to explain why this person
    is your hero.
  • FSA Writing Prompt Example
  • You have read about the causes of the American
    Revolution. Why was independence from Britain
    important to many colonists? Write an
    informational essay explaining why independence
    from Britain was important to many colonists.

FCAT vs. FSA Reading Questions
  • FCAT (old)
  • 1. With which sentence would the author agree?
  • A. Learning is exciting no matter how you do it.
  • B. All students should go to school on the
  • C. Thousands of students in the same class are
    too many.
  • D. Online classrooms are a good alternative.
  • FSA (new)
  • 1. With which two sentences would the author
  • A. Learning is exciting no matter how you do it.
  • B. All students should go to school on the
  • C. Thousands of students in the same class are
    too many.
  • D. Online classrooms are a good alternative.

1. What is the main idea of paragraph 4?
FSA 2 Part Question Example
  • 5.
  • Part A
  • How has learning from a distant place changed
    over time?
  • A. Students can ask questions faster.
  • B. Students can hear their teacher during the
    same class time.
  • C. Students use the mail to receive and send
  • D. Students live far apart from their
  • Part B
  • Select one sentence that supports the answer in
    Part A.
  • A. The students can live in one country, and
    the teacher can be from another country.
  • B. All the children could hear their teacher at
    the same time, but were hundreds of miles apart.
  • C. They got their lessons in the mail, did
    their homework, and mailed it back to the
  • D. Everyone can see and hear everything thats
    being said as it happens.
  • E. Sometimes, they dont have to have a class
    where everyone is together all at once.

So what might these tests look like?
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Where can I go for more information about the
assessment standards?
  • Resources
  • Parent Guides to Student Success
  • By grade level
  • Sample of what your child will be working on
  • Activities included for you to support at home
  • FSA Portal
  • http//

Instructional CHANGES
  • Attention to Text Complexity
  • Emphasis on Student Tasks (especially writing)
  • Responsibility for Reading Writing Instruction
  • - Every Teacher, Every Subject, Every Day!

NGSSS v. FSA Mathematics
  • Standards for Mathematical
  • CONTENT (Familiar)
  • Define what students should know and be able to
    do (The What)
  • Standards for Mathematical
    PRACTICE (New and Different)
  • Describe ways in which the mathematical content
    standards should be approached (The How)

Instructional CHANGES in Math
  • Promote deep student discussion on the content
  • Emphasis on Student Tasks (performance-tasks)
  • Include PRACTICE Standards at all grade levels
  • Expanded use of technology

Mathematical Practice Standards
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the
    reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated

Beyond the Classroom
  • PCS website
  • Online learning tools
  • Digital Learning
  • Beyond the Classroom

Additional Resources
  • Other useful websites to search for information

For More Information
  • You may contact
  • Holly Slaughter, Pinellas County Schools