Florida Standards
for Florida School District Leaders

Please note: Due to the decision by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to implement Florida Standards rather than Common Core, the term Florida Standards is used throughout this website. Any reference to Common Core on FADSS-related documents were developed prior to the FDOE transitioning to Florida Standards. Any other reference to or use of the term Common Core, is directly related to the source of that information.

Introduction to the FADSS Needs Assessment

Implementing the Florida Standards entails major changes in what students learn, how they learn it, and how we will know when they have learned it. To make these changes, district leaders will need to carefully plan, monitor and evaluate implementation efforts. The Florida Standards Implementation Needs Assessment is a tool developed by FADSS to assist district and building leaders in evaluating their implementation of the Florida Standards.

The Needs Assessment is one of several tools developed by FADSS to assist districts in implementing the Florida Standards. Every tool has been developed around the four key areas that are guided by district and building leadership.

The Needs Assessment is divided into four key areas and is further defined by several tasks or attributes, as indicated below:

  1. Developing common language and understanding of the instructional shifts inherent in the CCSS.
    • Creating a common language
    • Establishing a clear, shared vision of what College and Career Ready (CCR) means
    • Consistent interpretation of the CCSS
    • Common understanding of the instructional shifts inherent in the CCSS
  2. Examining and aligning district sanctioned curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional learning.
    • Standards, instruction and assessment aligned
    • Instruction consistent with the instructional shifts of the CCSS
    • Assessments clearly measure the CCSS
    • Student interventions identified to help all students meet the CCSS
    • Professional learning aligned to staff needs in implementing the CCSS
  3. Implementing CCSS in schools: the role of district leaders
    • The culture supports the innovations needed to implement the CCSS
    • Roles / Responsibilities for implementation of the CCSS are clearly delineated
    • Classroom observations / Monitoring systems are in place
  4. Organizational policies and structures that support effective implementation of the CCSS district-wide.
    • Funding for resources for implementing the CCSS
    • Accountability systems for measuring progress are in place
    • Teaching resources / materials selection and implementation
    • Data use in decision-making about CCSS implementation
    • Comprehensive plans for implementation of the CCSS
    • Technology use / integration for implementing the CCSS
    • Plan for communicating about CCSS implementation

Each task or attribute is further developed in the needs assessment through the use of a four-point rubric. The rubrics help districts determine where they are on the continuum from “not yet started” to “sustainable.”

Resources Aligned to the Needs Assessment

In addition to the rubrics for each of the tasks / attributes, the Needs Assessment instrument includes resources that are aligned to each task. These resources are available for review while completing the Needs Assessment or they can be used at a later date as a source of ideas for how the district might “step up” its implementation efforts.

Using the Needs Assessment

District and building leaders and their teams can use the needs assessment for a variety of purposes. Some suggestions are outlined in the chart below.

Purpose Who Suggestions for Use
Determining the overall district status in implementing the Florida Standards
  • Superintendent
  • Central Office Team
  • District Florida Standards Implementation Team

Each member of the team independently completes the Needs Assessment. Responses from all participants are collated. Discussion of the results centers on how well the district is implementing the Florida Standards and planning for the future.

Alternative: Team members work through the Needs Assessment collectively, offering their individual evidence or argument for their perception of where the district falls on the continuum for each task.

Determining the overall school building status* in implementing the Florida Standards.
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principals
  • Building-Level School Improvement Team

Each team member independently completes the Needs Assessment. Responses from all of the participants are collated. Discussion of the results centers on how well the building is implementing the Florida Standards and to guide future planning.

At the building level, the Needs Assessment can also be completed through discussion by teams.

Educating various staff regarding the implementation of the Florida Standards.
  • Superintendent
  • Central Office Staff
  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • School-based Improvement Teams

By working through the Needs Assessment, participants will understand the scope of the work that needs to be completed as well as reflecting on the district or building’s status in implementing the Florida Standards. The linked resources provide additional information or examples for each task / attribute. Individuals as well as groups can use the Needs Assessment as a learning tool.

Monitoring progress and developing on-going implementation plans
  • Superintendent
  • Central Office Staff
  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • School-based Improvement Teams

Data from the compiled Needs Assessments provides valuable insights into the progress the district or school building is making in providing the infrastructure, policies, and practices that are needed for full implementation of the Florida Standards. After reviewing the evidence of progress that is yielded from the results of the Needs Assessment, District or Building Level teams can modify or develop appropriate action steps.

Developing budgets to support implementation of the Florida Standards
  • Superintendent
  • Appropriate Central Office Staff

Once areas of need have been identified through the completion of the Needs Assessment, discussions can take place regarding fiscal implications / needs for future action.

Identifying areas for professional development
  • Superintendent
  • Appropriate Central Office Staff
  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals

District and building leaders can use the results of the Needs Assessment to identify professional development needed to move forward in implementing the Florida Standards with fidelity. The identified professional development would be a part of the district’s or building’s ongoing implementation planning.

*While the Florida Standards Needs Assessment was built with district leadership as the main audience, the document can also be used at the school building level to help guide Florida Standards implementation efforts at that level.

FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF DISTRICT SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS
208 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
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