• Volusia schools superintendent says district not ready for Common Core


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Parents have heard plenty about the new federal Common Core standards.

    Volusia County schools superintendent Margaret Smith represents all of Florida's superintendents.

    She said they need another three years to prepare to launch the new teaching system, and students and teachers just aren't ready.

    Common Core is label that's become a political hot potato on the left and the right.

    It's a set of standards states across the nation are voluntarily adopting. The goal is that a student in Florida will be taught using the same standards as a student in another state like California.

    Five years after the state decided to adopt the standards, Volusia Vounty schools superintendent Margaret Smith said Florida schools won't be ready to launch Common Core in all grade levels by next fall.

    "Right now, as I'm speaking, teachers are teaching these standards at the same time they're being trained. No time to have a quality implementation," Smith said.

    Smith, who is on the board of directors with the Florida Association of Superintendents, said she is speaking on behalf the state's 67 superintendents.

    "We need reasonable time," Smith said.

    Smith said there are a host of problems with implementing Common Core next year.

    Smith said many districts simply don't have the technology needed to comply with the requirement for all tests to be online.

    "Next year if all of those exams have to be online, how can we use technology to deliver instruction and have assessment?" Smith said.

    The state Department of Education said on average, there is only one computer for every two students.

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