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Florida Department of Education Invites Public Input on Proposed Standards

May 28, 2021

FDOE Press Office

Florida Department of Education Invites Public Input on Proposed Standards
~ Stakeholder contributions a vital part of the development process ~

Tallahassee, Fla., May 28, 2021 – Over the next two weeks, the Florida Department of Education will conduct three public forums where Floridians will have the opportunity to offer public input on the recently revised drafts of Florida’s academic standards in several content areas. The stops will be in Miami-Dade, Osceola and Baker counties. Department leaders will present information about these standards and the public will have an opportunity to comment.

“Public input is a vitally important part of creating Florida’s academic standards,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “The listening tour gives the public an opportunity to share their thoughts on the standards and I encourage them to participate. Their thoughts and ideas are integral to the success of the process and, because of their valuable contributions, we will have better standards to guide instruction. This transparent process is essential to ensure that Florida students get a world class education that prepares them for future academic and life success.”

Earlier this year, the Florida Department of Education opened Rule 6A-1.09401, Florida Administrative Code, for rule development to adopt or revise student academic standards for several content areas. These include Civics and Government (revised), Holocaust Education (new), Character Education (new), B.E.S.T. English Language Arts (ELA) standards (technical and minor revisions that will not affect implementation), Substance Use and Abuse standards (new), and Access Points – Alternate Academic Achievement Standards for the B.E.S.T. ELA and Mathematics Standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (new).

The revised drafts were crafted based on feedback the Department of Education received over the last several months from Florida teacher experts and the education community. Based on school district and public feedback, the latest drafts of the Civics and Government and Holocaust Education standards are now posted at The latest drafts for Character Education and Substance Use and Abuse will be posted in the coming days.

A listening tour will be held at the following locations from 6:00-7:00 pm EDT:

Tuesday, June 1 – Miami-Dade County
Miami Jackson Senior High School
1751 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33142

Thursday, June 3 – Osceola County
Tohopekaliga High School
3675 Boggy Creek Road
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Wednesday, June 9 – Baker County
Macclenny Elementary School
1 Wildkitten Drive
Macclenny, FL 32062

Additionally, a virtual rule development workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 11:30 am EDT. To register for the workshop, please visit

The following opportunities for feedback are available through June 10 at noon EDT:

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