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State Board of Education weighing in on Common Core Standards

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Updated: 11/19/2013 1:06 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Changes could be coming to your child's classroom. The State Board of Education is considering modifying the Common Core State Standards it adopted in 2010.

In a meeting at Santa Fe College in Gainesville Tuesday, the board discussed what to do about fully implementing Common Core Standards. The conversation comes after a request to modify the state assessments by Gov. Rick Scott.

Common Core State Standards would align Florida with the nation in terms of learning.

Many education advocates are encouraging the board to stick with the nation and not make any changes. Others told the board Tuesday, the whole process has our teachers feeling overwhelmed.

"Teachers are feeling frustrated because they are being trained and having professional development on the new standards while implementing them," says Margaret Smith, Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

Teacher advocates are encouraging the board to put off full implementation for three years to give teachers time to transition.

The decision on any changes are expected in February or March. The changes would then be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.

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