NAPLES, Fla -- Controversy over changing standards in the classroom. Florida is one of 46 states to adopt the new standards that will eventually replace the FCAT 2.0. On one side, people who favor the idea say standards will be consistent across the country, but many parents argue it takes away control at the local level.
Monday evening, hundreds packed the Collier County School Board room to learn more about the Common Core State Standards. After an hour long presentation and power point, the discussion got heated.
Parents, teachers and residents wrote their questions on note cards. Many had question and concerns over the new curriculum.
Erika Donalds, a mother of three says she came out to voice some of her concerns with the new curriculum. She says her fourth grader is frustrated with the constant changes. "The curriculum for math has changed twice since he's been in school here in Collier County and I don't want them to change it again."
But like it or not, parents like Erika Donalds can't opt their kids out of the curriculum.
"If they're great standards than we should adopt them but we shouldn't be forced to be under the gun of the federal government," says Donalds.
Mary Tappen, a former math teacher, helped develop the common core state standards. She says states were not forced to adopt them, but Florida voluntarily did so in 2010. The curriculum will focus on math and english. Tappen believes it will help to have consistent standards across the country.
"The mathematics are very rigorous, English language arts really push students to find evidence in what they're reading that support their answers and I think they'll be pleased with what they see," says Tappen.
But many are still not pleased. Concerns raised Monday night range from how much it will cost to how it will be implemented to the fact the standards have never been tested.
Collier County parent Kelly Colon says, "Florida is doing really well so, If its not broken, don't fix it, even though FCAT isn't perfect. I don't think common core is the answer."
Critics also say it will cost billions for teacher training, new textbooks and technology upgrades, but Tappen insists there will be no additional costs because of the new standards.
Collier County has already started implementing these standards at the Kindergarten and first grade level. By the 2014-2015 school year all students state wide will be tested using the Common Core State Standards.
For more information on the Common Core State Standards go to http://www.collier.k12.fl.us/