Florida: College and Career Policies

Florida teacher preparation programs are accredited based on three standards: program candidate and completer quality, field clinical practices, and program effectiveness.

The State Education Agency has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

Florida's physical education standards and benchmarks were revised in 2013 to reflect what a student should know and be able to do as the result of a quality physical education program. Florida's Standards for Physical Education were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2014. If you would like to view the standards and benchmarks please visit the CPALMS website.

Florida adopted World Language Standards in 2011.

As set forth by the "Student Access Act" and the states' Race to the Top application, Florida teacher evaluations are designed to support effective instruction and student learning growth. The results from teacher evaluations are used when developing district and school level improvements plans. Also, the results are used to identify professional development and other human capital decisions for instructional personnel and school administrators. In order to reach the state-wide educational objectives, the law sets forth that teacher evaluations are to be based on sound educational principles and contemporary researched in effective practices in three major areas: the performance of students, instructional practice, and professional/job responsibilities.

Florida opted to not adopt PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments. Instead, they have the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) which tests math, reading, science, and writing in grades 3 through 11. There is also the Florida End-of-Course (EOC) exam which began in the 2010-2011 school years for Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, US History, and Civics.

In 2008 Florida adopted Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

Florida opted to not adopt PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments. Instead, they have the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) which tests math, reading, science, and writing in grades 3 through 11. There is also the Florida End-of-Course (EOC) exam which began in the 2010-2011 school years for Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, US History, and Civics.

Florida adopted English Language Standards in 2014.

Florida requires 4 credits of English Language Arts to graduate.

Florida adopted new standards in 2014.

Florida requires 10 credits of "other" specifications for graduation.

Florida requires 4 credits of math to graduate.

Florida requires 3 credits of science to graduate.

Health Education provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy throughout their lifetime. The intent of a comprehensive health education program is to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health related risk behaviors.

3 credits of social studies are required to graduate in Florida.

In order to become a certified teacher in Florida, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, and pass a content examination. Other specific requirements for each type of certificate are listed.

The Florida State Board of Education oversees the Florida teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become a certified teacher within the state.

In order to renew a certificate, educators are required to accumulate 6 semester hours (or the equivalent) over the life of the license in order to renew a certificate.

The Florida State Board of Education sets forth the standards by which teacher preparation programs are assessed, and the State Department of Education approves said programs.

For an administrator licensure to be renewed, 6 semester hours of professional development is required.

Students in grades 3–10 take the English Language Arts FSA.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. Pursuant to section 229.003, Florida Statute, the State Board of Education has authority to adopt standards.

Florida opted to not adopt PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments. Students in grades 3–8 take the Mathematics FSA.

Florida follows the 4 main standards of planning, learning, implementing, and evaluating that follow the Learning Forward standards.

The Florida Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments under the direction and supervision of the Commissioner of Education.