John O'Connor

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Darlene Paul, principal of West Defuniak Elementary, speaks to a student during a visit to a third-grade classroom. Paul says she has been impressed with the academic success of young students who have been taught only using the new Florida Standards. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

Florida counts down to new Common Core standards, exams

For the past year The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards…

Monroe Middle School science teacher Andrea Groves works with a student on a project. Common Core State Standards encourage more reading and writing in classes like science, social studies and physical education.

In Florida, Common Core transforms science, social studies and even gym

StateImpact Florida It makes sense that Florida’s new K-12 math and language arts standards based on Common Core will mean changes for those classes. But science, social studies –…

Monroe Middle School teacher Christina Phillips tells her students how to identify claims, evidence and commentary in what they’re reading. Phillips says Common Core requires students to use the content of texts in order to build a written argument. (Photo: John O'Connor)

For transient, high-needs students, Florida teachers see Common Core as an anchor

This story is the second of a six-part series looking at how schools are preparing for the Common Core State Standards in Florida. It was produced in partnership with StateImpact…