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DeSantis Unveils Common Core Replacement

Andrea Perdomo
Gov. DeSantis greets a man after announcing the BEST education standard that will replace Common Core in Naples on Friday.

Almost one year after Governor Ron DeSantis announced his intention to overhaul the state’s Common Core education standards, he announced a replacement while in Naples on Friday called the B.E.S.T K-12 Standards.  

"BEST stands for Benchmark for Excellent Student Thinking and it really goes beyond Common Core to create common sense," DeSantis said. 

The new standards aim to improve the academic performance of Florida’s K-12 students.   DeSantis said it’s a product of a years’ worth of research overseen by Florida’s Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran.

"We went back, completely ripped apart Common Core and started with teacher experts, business experts, college experts, phonemic experts," Corcoran said. "Every possible person over the last 12 months has been consulted."

The Governor did not take any questions following his announcement, but said the B.E.S.T. Standards are going through a final editing process and will be available on the state Department of Education website sometime this week.