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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Statement by Commissioner Smith Regarding Fordham’s Report on State and National Curriculum Standards

“The Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a report today grading states on how their English-Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics state curriculum standards compare with the proposed national Common Core standards. I was pleased to see that this report graded Florida’s standards very highly, with an “A” in math and a “B” in ELA. This compares to the Common Core’s grades of an “A-” in math and a “B+” in ELA.

“The significance of these grades cannot be understated as they show that Florida’s standards are some of the most rigorous in the nation and match up well with the Common Core standards. A number of states have already adopted these new standards and I plan on proposing the same recommendation to our State Board of Education next week in hopes that they do so as well.

“These new standards will lay the ground work for the successful future of education in our nation and will be essential in ensuring we can continue to compete on a global scale.”