Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

New Year with New Standard

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

New Year with New Standard

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FCAT will be replaced with state version of Common Core

The bulletin boards are about to be decorated, the bookshelves stocked, the cheesy inspirational posters hung on the wall.

It's back-to-school for most of the region's teachers.

In Sarasota County, teachers are called back to work today while Manatee County teachers return Tuesday.

Summer vacation will end for students in both districts on Aug. 18, the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

For teachers, major changes will mark this school year, from new standardized tests to new contracts and standards some will be teaching.

Students will take a different test this school year now that the FCAT -- or Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test -- is gone. The new test will coincide with the Florida Standards, the state's tweaked version of Common Core.

Common Core establishes what students in each grade level should know in math and English Language Arts. For example, eighth-graders should know how to use punctuation, such as a comma, ellipsis or dash, to indicate a pause or break, according to one standard. …

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