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2010 Florida Statutes

F.S. 1003.41
1003.41 Sunshine State Standards.
(1) Public K-12 educational instruction in Florida is based on the “Sunshine State Standards.” The State Board of Education shall review the Sunshine State Standards and replace them with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards that establish the core content of the curricula to be taught in this state and that specify the core content knowledge and skills that K-12 public school students are expected to acquire. The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards must, at a minimum:
(a) Establish the core curricular content for language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies, as follows:
1. Language arts standards must establish specific curricular content for, at a minimum, the reading process, literary analysis, the writing process, writing applications, communication, and information and media literacy. The standards must include distinct grade level expectations for the core content knowledge and skills that a student is expected to have acquired by each individual grade level from kindergarten through grade 8. The language arts standards for grades 9 through 12 may be organized by grade clusters of more than one grade level. The language arts standards must also identify significant literary genres and authors that encompass a comprehensive range of historical periods. Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, the reading portion of the language arts curriculum shall include civics education content for all grade levels. The State Board of Education shall, in accordance with the expedited schedule established under subsection (2), review and replace the language arts standards adopted by the state board in 2007 with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards that comply with this subparagraph.
2. Science standards must establish specific curricular content for, at a minimum, the nature of science, earth and space science, physical science, and life science. The standards must include distinct grade level expectations for the core content knowledge and skills that a student is expected to have acquired by each individual grade level from kindergarten through grade 8. The science standards for grades 9 through 12 may be organized by grade clusters of more than one grade level.
3. Mathematics standards must establish specific curricular content for, at a minimum, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, calculus, discrete mathematics, financial literacy, and trigonometry. The standards must include distinct grade level expectations for the core content knowledge and skills that a student is expected to have acquired by each individual grade level from kindergarten through grade 8. The mathematics standards for grades 9 through 12 may be organized by grade clusters of more than one grade level.
4. Social studies standards must establish specific curricular content for, at a minimum, geography, United States and world history, government, civics, economics, and humanities. The standards must include distinct grade level expectations for the core content knowledge and skills that a student is expected to have acquired by each individual grade level from kindergarten through grade 8. The social studies standards for grades 9 through 12 may be organized by grade clusters of more than one grade level.
(b) Establish the core curricular content for visual and performing arts, physical education, health, and foreign languages. Standards for these subjects must establish specific curricular content and include distinct grade level expectations for the core content knowledge and skills that a student is expected to have acquired by each individual grade level from kindergarten through grade 5. The standards for grades 6 through 12 may be organized by grade clusters of more than one grade level.
(c) Identify the core curricular content that a student is expected to learn for each subject at each individual grade level in order to acquire the broad background knowledge needed for reading comprehension.
(d) Be rigorous and relevant and provide for the logical, sequential progression of core curricular content that incrementally increases a student’s core content knowledge and skills over time.
(e) Integrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills; communication, reading, and writing skills; mathematics skills; collaboration skills; contextual and applied-learning skills; technology-literacy skills; information and media-literacy skills; and civic-engagement skills.
(f) Be organized according to a uniform structure and format that is consistent for each subject. The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards shall, for each subject and grade level, use the same alphanumeric coding system.
(g) Be aligned to expectations for success in postsecondary education and high-skill, high-wage employment.
(2) By December 31, 2008, the State Board of Education shall establish an expedited schedule for adoption of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and shall establish by rule a schedule for the periodic review and revision of the standards. The state board shall adopt the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for each subject by December 31, 2011.
(3)(a) The Commissioner of Education shall develop and submit to the State Board of Education proposed Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and periodically submit proposed revisions to the standards, for adoption by the state board according to the schedules established under subsection (2). The commissioner, in developing the proposed standards, shall consult with renowned experts on K-12 curricular standards and content in each subject listed in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) and shall consider standards that are implemented by other states or nations and regarded as exceptionally rigorous by the curricular and content experts. The commissioner may also consult with curricular and content experts in other subjects.
(b) The commissioner shall submit the proposed standards for review and comment by Florida educators, school administrators, representatives of 1community colleges and state universities who have expertise in the content knowledge and skills necessary to prepare a student for postsecondary education, and leaders in business and industry. The commissioner, after considering any comments and making any revisions to the proposed standards, shall submit the standards for written evaluation by renowned experts on K-12 curricular standards and content.
(c) The commissioner, upon finalizing the proposed standards, shall submit the standards and evaluations by the curricular and content experts to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives at least 21 days before the State Board of Education considers adoption of the proposed standards.
(4) The State Board of Education may adopt rules under ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this section.
History.s. 130, ch. 2002-387; s. 1, ch. 2008-235; s. 2, ch. 2010-48.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.