Standards & Instructional Support

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Our Mission

To maximize student achievement by enhancing student capacity to learn and teacher capacity to individualize learning.

Our Mantra

Students perform best when they are healthy and their teachers teach to the standards listed in course descriptions located on CPALMS.

Overarching Principles of Instructional Support

The Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support advocates a whole child concept. The whole child concept in an instructional context simply means that we not only prepare learning for the student, but we also prepare the student for learning. Instructional best practices and materials are integrated with a program for healthy schools to ensure that all students are working to their fullest abilities and motivation. Under the whole child concept we promote a Coordinated School Health model to ensure the fullest integration of health and student services with learning. We also advocate educational technology that facilitates individualized instruction.

Our Responsibilities The Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support is responsible for the areas of Healthy Schools, Humanities, Instructional Materials, Library Media Services and Instructional Technology, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We provide leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to implement legislation, State Board of Education policy and rule, and Department initiatives pertaining to standards and instruction for Florida students and teachers. The bureau provides services to district and school staff members, parents and students, Department of Education staff, other state agencies, college faculty, and professional education associations. Our goal is to ensure an equal opportunity for all 2.7 million Florida students to graduate from high school college or career ready; with an emphasis on good citizenship, higher-order thinking skills, and life-long learning.

The Bureau is responsible for the development and implementation of Florida's Standards in the Arts, Health Education, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. We coordinate closely with Just Read, Florida! to implement standards for English Language Arts as part of standards and course integration, cross-curricular cooperation, and Writing for Learning. We maintain a close relationship with other bureaus to correlate common practices with Career and Technical Education (CTE), English Language Development for English Language Learners, as well as Students with Disabilities. The Bureau administers the State Gifted Student Programs.

BSIS Areas

Standards - The Standards office provides guidance and support to stakeholders in the areas of Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, Florida Standards, course descriptions, graduation requirements, and leadership professional development. Standards and course descriptions are revised on a regular basis as required by state statute. The mission of the office is to ensure that all stakeholders are equipped with the most up to date information to provide a quality education for Florida's students.

Instructional Support - This department oversees the following:

  • Instructional Materials - implements the statute driven State Instructional Materials Adoption process. The mission of the office is to ensure that the highest quality instructional materials, aligned to Florida standards are available to Florida's students and teachers.
  • Library Media Services and Instructional Technology - The mission of Library Media Services is to collaborate with all stakeholders to assist schools in providing a quality education for all students and to provide guidance in delivering excellent library media and instructional technology programs. Specifically, through library media and instructional technology programs, students will become active and creative locators, evaluators, and users of information.
  • CPALMS - this site contains the state standards and course descriptions.

Mathematics, Science, and STEM Programs - This department oversees the development of Science and Math standards and instructional support related to STEM; and works collaboratively with the Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the Bureau of School Improvement (BSI) to define research-based state education policy and programs for the state of Florida to increase student knowledge and performance in STEM related content areas.

Healthy Schools: The mission of Healthy Schools is to create supportive school environments that provide students and staff the opportunity to develop positive health related decision-making skills, leading to optimal academic success and quality of life. Staff members are available to assist with health education curriculum, physical education curriculum, and the creation of healthy school teams. This department oversees a wide variety of federal and state programs related to student health education, physical education, the implementation of the coordinated school approach and reducing youth behaviors that create barriers to learning.

The Bureau also manages more than $30,000,000.00 in federal and state grants to support professional development for teachers and administrators throughout the state as well as the development of quality instructional support.

Course Requirements K-12

Florida Statute, 1003.42, provides for required courses and instruction to ensure that students meet State Board of Education adopted standards. Most specifically, members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction.

State Board of Education Rule 6A-1.09412 Course Requirements - Grades K-12 Basic and Adult Secondary Programs reads: A course description directs district personnel by providing the essential content and course requirements for each course in grades K-12 contained in the "Course Code Directory and Instructional Personnel Assignments" adopted by Rule 6A-1.09441, F.A.C. Course requirements approved by the State Board of Education and are (available) online.

Course descriptions (requirements) define content standards for all subject area and grades K-12. For additional information, please contact any subject area specialist within the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support.

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Instructional Resources

CPALMS (Collaborate Plan Align Learn Motivate Share)

CPALMS serves as Florida's official source for standards information and course descriptions. It is an online toolbox of information, resources and interactive tools for Florida educators to support instruction aligned to the Florida Standards.

Florida Standards and Course Descriptions

The new Florida Standards and the aligned 2014-2015 Course Descriptions are updated and on CPALMS. Current courses may be accessed under the Course Descriptions and Directory tab.

Vetted Resources

CPALMS has more than 9,000 available educational resources for math, science, and language arts. These resources are created by educators specifically to align with the Florida Standards. Most importantly, each and every one has gone through a rigorous vetting process by peers and subject area experts prior to getting published.

You can find complete lesson plans, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics resources, problem-solving tasks, lesson study resource kits, virtual manipulatives, professional development modules, Mathematics Formative Assessments System tasks/rubrics, Perspective video series, teacher professional development modules, and much more. You can access lesson plans and resources by locating the standards/courses or simply use the resource center.

Florida Online Course Catalog

The Florida Online Course Catalog provides an easy-to-use, one-stop method for parents and students to obtain information about online courses offered by all Florida school districts, DOE-approved providers and Florida Virtual School. For each course, the catalog provides access to the official course description, a description of unique features of the course and a method for students  to provide evaluative feedback. In addition, it provides a link to the course provider’s website to obtain more information and to register for courses. The catalog also includes a printable user’s guide which can be accessed by clicking ‘User Guide’ in blue at the top of the Florida Online Course Catalog.

For more information, please contact the Online Course Catalog Administrator at

To begin your search for online courses to meet your educational goals, please click on the link below:

English Language Arts Formative Assessment

The Florida English Language Arts Formative Assessment System (ELFAS) is a database of K-8 formative assessment tasks and professional development information for in=service and pre-service teachers. For more information please refer to the brochure.

The ELFAS can be accessed at

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Staff Contacts
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 432
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0423
Fax: 850-245-0826