Published: Jan 21, 2014 11:05 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says proposed changes to the Common Core will strengthen the state's academic standards.
    
Stewart told the Board of Education Tuesday at its meeting in Miami the recommendations raise the bar for Florida students.
    
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.
    
In response to critics, Florida fielded comments from thousands of teachers and parents. The result is 99 suggested changes, most of which are minor.
    
The board will vote on the changes at its meeting in February.

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