The Florida State Standards (Common Core)

Feb 18, 2014

Read the article from State Impact Florida and NPR HERE.

March 9, 2015

Following are the front and back side of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet handed out at an FSA information session for parents at a DCPS elementary school.  These are common questions parents of students in any grade might have; if you have additional questions specific to your student’s grade or subject, please contact your school.

FSA Questions page 1      FSA Questions page 2

January 13, 2015

This article explores options to replace our current “high stakes” tests.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/06/371659141/what-schools-could-use-instead-of-standardized-tests?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150106

November 7, 2014

On November 4, 2014 Dr. Vitti distributed to principals a 10-page presentation outlining the differences between how the old Sunshine State Standards were tested using the FCAT and how the new Florida State Standards (Florida’s version of the Common Core Standards) will be tested with the new AIR assessments in the Spring.

The presentation also includes before and after test data from Kentucky (the whole state); Jefferson County, KY; New York State and New York City. There were dramatic declines in all grades and subjects in all 4 geographic areas.

Dr. Vitti asked Principals to make their parents aware of this data, but NOT to panic about how our students are going to do. His opinion was also that the New York standards and tests were slightly more rigorous overall than Florida’s and that Kentucky’s were overall a little less rigorous – so hopefully our students will fall somewhere between the two.

It’s important to know also that we still have no idea what Florida’s tests are going to look like, AND that Florida’s tests are not going to look like any other state’s in the country since Florida chose AIR to produce our tests instead of the PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests 39 other states are using.

Impact of New Standards

Jacksonville_dot_com article on AIR tests

October 8, 2014

Florida PTA Requests Changes Sept 17 2014  FLPTA requests delay in school grades for one year.

Duval County School Board Resolution on Transition Year – requesting FL DOE delay school grades for one year. (Adopted Tuesday, October 7, 2014)

The Common Core State Standards Initiative was a multi-state-led effort to develop consistent, real-world learning goals to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, graduate high school prepared for college, career, and life. The standards do not dictate curriculum. Curricula is left to states, school districts and teachers to determine HOW the standards will be taught.

Each state decided how best to implement the blueprint of the standards in their state.  The Florida Department of Education announced in January 2014 that Florida’s version of the Common Core Standards will be known as The Florida State Standards.  These standards REPLACE the Sunshine State Standards AND the FCAT.  Implementation of the Common Core Standards in all grades in Duval County schools is now complete for the 2014-15 school year.

National PTA has developed guides to help parents understand how these standards will affect their student. Parents’ Guides to Student Success

PTA’s Position Statement on High Stakes Testing

ASSESSMENT AND TESTING (2006) National PTA believes that valid assessment does not consist of only a single test
score, and that at no time should a single test be considered the sole determinant of a student’s academic or work
future.

Handouts and flyers you can use to educate your school’s parents:

Jacksonville Public Education Fund
CCSS Handout      (developed by DCCPTA)

These are websites that provide background on the origins of Common Core, Frequently Asked Questions, and additional resources for parents:

www.CoreStandards.org

Myths vs. Facts

DCCPTA’s own website has Common Core information:  http://www.dccpta.org/advocacy/

National PTA’s webpage with links to Common Core information for each state.

 August 20, 2014

Common Core Prepares Students for College, Career
Watch “Raising the Bar: Implications on Test Scores” a short video of school administrators and teachers discuss how common Core helps to improve a student’s college and career readiness.National PTA recently released a Common Core video series to educate parents on the standards and empower them to support the transition at school and home.The series features 14 videos—developed in partnership with the Hunt Institute—to dispel the myths and provide accurate information about Common Core.Watch the series at PTA.org/CCSSVideos.For more info, visit our Common Core website or contact Chrystal Jones.

The Common Core FAQ,    National Public Radio   May 27, 2014

State Impact Florida’s “Essential Guide to Common Core”

The State of Florida’s official source for standards information, course descriptions and standards resources is CPALMS. (CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards.)

Florida Standards Assessment website – Resources for Parents and Students

Following are recent articles about Common Core and the implementation of the standards here in Florida.

PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Rising Awareness, Majority Opposition to Common Core    August 20, 2014

Bush: Florida Standards “Not Substantially Different” From Common Core    August 15, 2014

Despite All The Conspiracy Theories, Common Core Is Actually Just Boring    August 14, 2014

Crist Wants To Pause Penalties During Switch To Common Core-Based Standards   August 7, 2014

What We Learned This Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida’s New Standards     July 10, 2014

Read the Federal Plan to Expand Wireless Internet Access at Schools (and Libraries)   July 10, 2014

More Common Core Silliness   June 11, 2014

What A Florida Middle School Has Learned So Far Teaching Common Core Standards   March 10, 2014.

Everything you need to know about Common Core – Ravitch    Washington Post, January 18, 2014

Five myths about the Common Core    December 13, 2013

PTA Position Statements

National PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy:

NPTA_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Policy

Click HERE to connect to Florida PTA’s CURRENT Position Statements on a variety of issues from High Stakes Testing to Class Size to Arts in Education.

Click HERE to connect to Florida PTA’s HISTORICAL Position Statements.

State Government

Absentee Ballot Information

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Florida Dept of Education
Office of the Commissioner
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Email
Phone: 850-245-0505

Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Email the Governor
(850) 488-7146

The City of Jacksonville maintains a non-partisan support office (The Duval County Legislative Delegation Office) for the 2 state Senators and 6 state House Representatives that represent Duval County.  Its mission is to keep the State Legislature informed of the needs of the City of Jacksonville and follow funds and legislation requested by local government agencies, citizens and community organizations. It serves as the liaison between the delegation members and local governments, community organizations and citizens.  The office provides support services to the delegation members by monitoring legislation and processing local bills and appropriation issues. Contact information can be found on their website.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Janet H. Adkins, District 11

905 South 8th Street

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(904) 491-3664 * (Fax) 491-3666

Capitol Contact Info
(850) 717-5011
313 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: janet.adkins@myfloridahouse.gov

Jay Fant, District 15

Local Contact Info
(904) 381-6011 or (904) 381-6012

4114 Herschel Street, Suite 104

Jacksonville, Florida 32210-2200

Capitol Office
1301 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5015

Email: jay.fant@myfloridahouse.gov

Reggie Fullwood, District 13 
101 E. Union Street, suite 402
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 353-2180 * (Fax) 353-2182

Capital Contact Info
(850) 717-5013
1003 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: reggie.fullwood@myfloridahouse.gov

Mia Jones, District 14
3890 Dunn Avenue, Suite 901
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 924-1615

Capital Contact Info
(850) 717-5014
316 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: mia.jones@myfloridahouse.gov

Charles McBurney, District 16
76 S. Laura Street, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 359-6090

Capitol Contact Info
(850) 717-5016
412 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: charles.mcburney@myfloridahouse.gov

Lake Ray, District 12
1615 Huffingham Road
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 723-5300

Capital Contact Info
(850) 717-5012
422 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: lake.ray@myfloridahouse.gov

FLORIDA SENATE

Audrey Gibson, District 9

101 East Union Street, Suite 104

Jacksonville, FL 32202 -3065

904-359-2553

Email: gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov

Aaron Bean, District 4
1919 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207
904-346-5039
Email: bean.aaron.web@flsenate.gov

LEGG, John (R)

Education Pre-K – 12, Chair; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

 262 Crystal Grove Boulevard, Lutz, FL  33548

(850) 487-5017
316 Senate Office Building 404 South Monroe Street Tallahassee 32399-1100

legg.john.web@flsenate.gov

The City of Jacksonville maintains a non-partisan support office for the 2 state Senators and 6 state House Representatives that serve Duval County.  Its mission is to keep the State Legislature informed of the needs of the City of Jacksonville and follow funds and legislation requested by local government agencies, citizens and community organizations. It serves as the liaison between the delegation members and local governments, community organizations and citizens.  The office provides support services to the delegation members by monitoring legislation and processing local bills and appropriation issues.  Contact information can be found on their website.

City Government

Jacksonville City Council

District 1: Clay Yarborough

Phone: (904) 630-1389

Email: Clay@coj.net

District 2: William Bishop

Phone: (904) 630-1392

Email: WBishop@coj.net

District 3: Richard Clark

Phone: (904) 630-1386

Email: RClark@coj.net

District 4: Don Redman

Phone: (904) 630-1394

Email: Redman@coj.net

District 5: Lori N. Boyer

Phone: (904) 630-1382

Email: LBoyer@coj.net

District 6: Matt Schellenberg

Phone: (904) 630-1388

Email: MattS@coj.net

District 7: Dr. Johnny Gaffney

Phone: (904) 630-1384

Email: Gaffney@coj.net

District 8: E. Denise Lee

Phone: (904) 630-1385

Email: EDLee@coj.net

District 9: Warren A. Jones

Phone: (904) 630-1395

Email: WAJones@coj.net

District 10: Reginald L. Brown

Phone: (904) 630-1684

Email: RBrown@coj.net

District 11: Ray Holt

Phone: (904) 630-1383

Email: Holt@coj.net

District 12: Doyle Carter

Phone: (904) 630-1380

Email: doylec@coj.net

District 13: Bill Gulliford

Phone: (904) 630-1397

Email: Gulliford@coj.net

District 14: Jim Love

Phone: (904) 630-1390

Email: JimLove@coj.net


At-Large Council Members
Group 1: Kimberly Daniels

Phone: (904) 630-1393

Email: KimDaniels@coj.net

Group 2: John R. Crescimbeni

Phone: (904) 630-1381

Email: JRC@coj.net

Group 3: Stephen C. Joost

Phone: (904) 630-1396

Email: Joost@coj.net

Group 4: Greg Anderson

Phone: (904) 630-1398

Email: GAnderson@coj.net

Group 5: Robin Lumb

Phone: (904) 630-1387

Email: RLumb@coj.net

More information on the City Council

School Board

District 1 – The Honorable Cheryl Grymes – 390-2371 (Email)
District 2 – The Honorable Scott Shine – 390-2386 (Email)
District 3 – The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez – 390-2239 (Email)
District 4 – The Honorable Paula D. Wright – 390-2374 (Email)
District 5 – The Honorable Warren A. Jones – 390-2372 (Email)
District 6 – The Honorable Becki Couch – 390-2373 (Email)
District 7 – The Honorable Lori Hershey – 390-2375 (Email)

Follow this link to see the Agenda for each School Board meeting, posted at least a week before the scheduled meeting.

School Board website

Superintendent Patricia Willis (Email)

Advocacy Training – Support Your Children

In the context of PTA, advocacy is supporting and speaking up for children — in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.

Duval County Council of PTAs offers Grassroots Advocacy Training. This training is designed for those who are interested becoming effective advocates for education or for those interested in teaching the next generation of PTA leaders the skills to be effective issue advocates.

In the PTA Grassroots Advocacy Training we use 3 methods:

  • A presentation consisting of lecture and discussion elements
  • Role Playing
  • Written exercises with presentation

The training includes six modules:

  • Strategy: Goals vs Tactics
  • Coalition Building
  • Recruitment and Organizational Building *
  • Media as a Tactic
  • Meeting with Decision-makers
  • Common Core State Standards: Overview

COST: FREE TO PTA MEMBERS

Check our calendar for the next training date.

Helpful Advocacy Training Links;

PTA Position Statements

Jacksonville Public Education Toolkit Available

A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation   Jul 27, 2016

 

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News

2019 Florida Legislative Session

Florida’s legislative session begins on March 5, 2019.  Your voice is your most powerful tool!  PTA encourages you to call or write your elected officials and let them know how you feel about legislation and policies that impact your child’s education. Sign up for Florida PTA’s Take Action Network to learn more about legislative issues affecting families, schools, and communities and to stay informed on the latest updates from Tallahassee. Duval County Public Schools Legislative Platform for 2019 Florida PTA’s Legislative Priorities for 2019 Bills to watch: SB7030 – School Safety and Security aims to arm teachers – opposed by

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Legislative Update: Action Needed!

At the end of the 2018 Legislative Session, the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program was created with the passage of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Currently, there is $58 million left in the Guardian Program fund that will go unused if it is not reallocated. Governor Scott has asked each member of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission to shift these unused funds to ensure Florida schools can get the funding they need to protect our kids this year. The members of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission are scheduled to meet this Friday, September 14, however the shifting of

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Legislative Alert: February 20th

Legislative Udate:   Now that HB7055, commonly known as the “bullying bill,” has passed the House, it has moved to the Senate, where it will be heard in the Education Committee this Tuesday, February 20th at 11:00am. Under a “strike-all” amendment that Senator Hukill filed, the content of the bill has changed to eliminate some House provisions and to reflect Senate positions on a number of issues. Still included in the bill, however, is the Hope Scholarship, which will allow children who have been subjected to a classmate’s verbal or physical abuse to attend a different public or private school

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Legislative Alert Feb 12, 2018

  Here we go again! Last Thursday, the House voted 66 yeas to 43 nays to pass HB 7055.  Once again, legislative leadership rolled good and bad policy into one massive conforming bill, hoping that rank-and-file House members and the general public would believe that the good in the bill outweighs the bad. (Spoiler alert, it doesn’t.) What is HB 7055? Just like last year’s infamous HB 7069, it is an omnibus megabill that that runs to 198 pages, is as hard to understand as a Shakespeare play, and is almost as tragic.  Included in this train bill is HB1,

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Legislative Alert Feb 1, 2018

  Thank you for your continuing interest in Legislative session 2018! This past week, the House has been pushing through HB 7055, which is a train bill similar to HB 7069. This legislation is steamrolling several bills into one, each of which should be heard on its own merit. HB 311 and HB 427 are two good pieces of legislation that have yet to be heard in committee. This new legislation, respectively, provides alternative pathways to a standard high school diploma and will eliminate unneeded testing by allowing school districts to set teacher salary schedules removing the merit pay requirement

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K-12 Education: A Look Ahead to the 2018 Legislative Session 

Education Works Virtual Forum K-12 Education: A Look Ahead to the 2018 Legislative Session  Tuesday, December 12th | 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST Learn about the education priorities of key statewide organizations and policymakers, the budget outlook and the latest education priorities from Tallahassee in this no-cost, one-hour webinar open to those interested in Florida education issues.   Click HERE to register and receive login information.

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Take Action National PTA Take Action

Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education.  

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Take Action Today- Florida PTA Opposes Conformation Of Bill 7069

Late Friday afternoon a massive education bill was introduced through the budget process.  This bill was negotiated behind closed doors, bypassing the democratic process of public input and the option for amendments.  While testing reform, daily recess, and other good education policies have been placed inside this bill, it has a devastating impact on the education budget that will leave our most vulnerable children behind. Now is the time to act!  Please CALL today and tell your Senator to vote NO on Conforming Bill 7069. Our children are worth more than this. Click the link below to log in and send your message:

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PTA Members Take Action Now! April 27

  Take Action Now! The power of the PTA lies within our members and we need your help! For the next 9 days the Florida Legislature will be making key decisions regarding education funding, testing and accountability, local control of local schools, and recess. Many of these decisions affecting our children and our schools will be made in conference committee meetings held behind closed doors. NOW is the time to let our legislators know where we stand, before the doors shut and policy is made out of the public eye. Please email or call your Legislator TODAY and urge them

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TAKE ACTION TODAY: Recess Bill SB78/HB67

TAKE ACTION ALERT: Recess Bill SB78/HB67 The Senate recess bill SB78 passed unanimously on the Senate floor on April 4th and has been sent over to the House in messages.  Please urge your Representative to contact Speaker Richard Corcoran TODAY and ask that he pull SB78 out of messages and send it to the House floor with no changes or amendments. SB78 offers 20 minutes of daily unstructured play for K-5 elementary students.  Unlike the House version HB67, the Senate bill calls for true recess separate from PE and includes all elementary students not just k-3 students. Click the link

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Florida Department of Education Is Looking for Your Input

Now is Your Time to Speak Up!Florida Dept of Education Logo
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is now accepting public input on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and would greatly appreciate your engagement in this very important dialogue. Through July 22, 2016, all members of the public will be able to submit comments on each component of the law.  The FDOE will consider this feedback as they develop Florida’s draft state plan. To access the public input form, please visit this site.
For more information on ESSA, visit the National PTA website.
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