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DeSantis officially eliminates Common Core, announces new standard called B.E.S.T. Standards

Governor Ron DeSantis announced there will be a new standard that will set your students on the path to success.

In a press conference in Naples, Governor DeSantis announced that Common Core will officially be eliminated in Florida for a new program called B.E.S.T. K-12 Standards (Florida Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking)

The governor says Best Standards will go beyond Common Core, and move to streamline testing. They also plan to implement American Civics in classrooms.

Last year, Governor DeSantis announced an executive order to eliminate and replace Common Core.

Commissioner of Education, Rich Corcoran said over the past 10 years the success of Common Core has flat-lined so they wanted to find a new way to ensure student learning and success in a way that students can better understand.

Collier County Schools Superintendent, Kamela Patton spoke about some of the challenges students face with common core testing.

“Our kids, we have 103 languages and dialects in Collier County, so it takes a while to not just learn to speak English but be literate in English. Within one year their score counts it puts some counties at a disadvantage,” Governor DeSantis said.

The governor did not announce when Best Standards will be implemented in schools. Patton said she hopes to find out some time in the next week.

On January 31, 2019, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-32, outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and replacing the standard.

Watch the full announcement below:

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
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