About the Florida Standards

All Florida students deserve to graduate high school with knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college, careers and life.

Over the last several years implementing the Next Generation Sunshine Standards, Florida has made strong academic gains. But, we know today’s workforce requires our graduates to have stronger critical thinking, problem solving and communications skills than ever before. Higher standards that challenge and motivate our students are essential.

To address this need, education leaders across Florida improved our academic content standards, creating new expectations for what students need to know and be able to do. The Florida Standards are designed to ensure that ALL students reach their greatest potential. During the 2013-2014 school year we received and incorporated feedback from Florida educators, parents, as well as business and community leaders regarding the Florida Standards. On February 18, 2014, the Florida State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Florida Standards.

The Florida Standards reflect our foundational expectations of what ALL students should know and be able to do in each grade from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Beginning with the 2014–2015 school year, all K–12 schools will be implementing the Florida Standards and our schools are committed to providing teachers with the professional learning needed for successful ongoing implementation.

Over the last three years, teachers have participated in professional learning sessions to inform ongoing planning to implement the standards. Local school districts continue to determine the textbooks and instructional materials that help their students learn best.

Our schools are also committed to engaging parent and families to prepare students for success. Visit the student and family section of this site to access valuable resources to support learning at home.

All of us play important roles preparing students to achieve their potential. We will continue to assess our academic standards and work together to ensure they are preparing ALL Florida students to succeed in college, career and life.