Update to our recent post Parents and Kids are Counting on Florida to be Brave.
Florida is plugging away at creating our Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan with a September deadline in its view. Our recent post implored Florida to be brave and not succumb to lower standards.
Jeffery Solocheck of the Tampa Bay Times shares some insights that Florida is in fact being pretty bold by staying the course. Believing themselves farther ahead of the curve than standards offered by the Department of Education, Florida is not scraping their plan.
Some important decisions are still left to be made, such as how many students are required to be tested. There is also some hints of requesting waivers where our plan does not align with the feds. Wonder what those are?
In the meantime, keep an eye on the progress if you have many spare hours in your week by checking in on the Florida ESSA website. The plan draft should be posted there for public comment this summer.