The 2019 Florida Legislature passed and Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law House Bill 807, which requires Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to conduct a comprehensive review of Florida’s civics education course standards to ensure Florida has the best civics education standards in the nation and to prepare Florida students for the responsibilities of American citizenship as outlined in Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 19-32.
The underlying intent of House Bill 807 (2019) is to drastically improve the quality of Florida’s civics education throughout its K-12 education system. The bill called for a review of statewide civics education course standards to ensure Florida students have the highest quality civics education courses throughout the nation. Student performance standards in Florida establish the core content of the curricula to be taught and specify the core content knowledge and skills that K-12 public school students are expected to acquire.
The Commissioner shall determine whether revisions are necessary and shall propose such revisions to the State Board of Education for adoption. The Specifications and Criteria document for the 2022-2023 instructional materials adoption cycle for Social Studies, including civics, are anticipated for public release in November 2021. It is anticipated that State Board of Education action to adopt revisions to standards will be complete by summer 2021. Approval of new course descriptions, to include revised standards, is currently expected to be made by fall 2021.