B.E.S.T Standards for Mathematics

The Florida Department of Education announced Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards for Mathematics were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) on February 12, 2020. Additionally, on September 23, 2020 the SBE approved the amendment to Rule 6A-1.09412, Course Requirements – Grades K-12 Basic and Adult Secondary Programs. This amendment adopted ELA, mathematics and non-ELA and non-mathematics subject area course descriptions that include the B.E.S.T. Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics will be fully implemented in the 2022-2023 school year along with aligned instructional materials and statewide assessments. This webpage is intended to provide the latest information regarding the B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics, including pathways, professional development and resources.

K-12 Mathematics Pathways

In 2018, the Florida Student Success Center established workgroups to identify current challenges in mathematics pathways and develop policy and practice recommendations to improve student achievement across Florida’s education system. Courses and mathematics pathways aligned to the B.E.S.T. Standards were developed to support the work of the Mathematics Re-Design Project.

B.E.S.T. Professional Development for Mathematics

Below you can find information about past, present and future professional development opportunities.

Virtual Standards Institute, July and September 2020

B.E.S.T. Mathematics District Lead Professional Development

The Department is pleased to announce the next phase of implementation training specific to the B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics. There are three scheduled locations, as described below, in which districts will be able to attend. For the guaranteed slots, registration is open until April 9 at 5:00 pm EST at Starting April 10 at 9:00 am EST until May 30, registration will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants of this event can expect to 1) increase their knowledge of the B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics, 2) gain resources for their district to implement the B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics with fidelity, 3) actively engage in student-centered instruction, and 4) take part in a community of learners and leaders with their peer districts.

Tentative Agenda (PDF)

  • North | July 13-15, 2021 | Milton High School, Milton, FL
  • Central | July 20-22, 2021 | George Jenkins High School, Lakeland, FL
  • South | July 27-29, 2021 | Gulf Coast High School, Naples, FL

B.E.S.T. Resources for Mathematics

The B.E.S.T. Instructional Guides for Mathematics (B1G-M) are intended to assist educators with planning for instruction and student learning aligned to Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics. These guides are designed to aid high-quality instruction through the identification of components that support the teaching and learning of the B.E.S.T. Mathematics standards and benchmarks. These guides include an analysis of information related to the B.E.S.T. Standards within each course, the instructional emphasis and aligned resources. The B1G-M includes an analysis of information related to the B.E.S.T. Standards within each specific mathematics course, the instructional emphasis and aligned resources. The B1G-M was created in collaboration with educational stakeholders across the state of Florida. Each of these guides will serve as a foundation to professional development prior to implementation in the 2022-2023 school year. Please note that the instructional support guides will be released spring 2021 and will continue to undergo edits as necessary.