The purpose of the Florida Teacher Certification examinations (FTCE) is to ensure that all teacher candidates demonstrate the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge necessary to effectively instruct students in Florida.
The website gives various types of assessments that can be used in the classroom. Links to examples of the assessments are also provided.
Beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year, the Florida Department of Education is transitioning to the new Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) in English Language Arts and Mathematics which replace the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) and the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS). Fast Facts
CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida's official source for standards information and course descriptions.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
What is scaffolding?
Instructional scaffolds are temporary support structures put in place to assist students in accomplishing new tasks and concepts they could not typically achieve on their own. Once students are able to complete or master the task, the scaffolding is gradually removed or fades away—the responsibility of learning shifts from the instructor to the student.
This website provides various strategies for scaffolding knowledge with students.
This website provides a resource guide for scaffolding in education.
This website provides guidelines for implementing scaffolding.
Webb (1997) developed a process and criteria for systematically analyzing the alignment between standards and standardized assessments; and to review curricular alignment. This body of work offers the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) model employed to analyze the cognitive expectation demanded by standards, curricular activities and assessment tasks (Webb, 1997)
Researchers at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) have identified nine instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and across all grade levels.
The primary focus of the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition (SALA) is to assist schools and districts with Florida's English Language Learners (ELLs), totaling over 265,000. Florida's diversity of ELLs surpasses most states in the country. Florida is ranked 3rd in ELL population, and although Spanish is the major native language of these students, the ELLs speak more than 300 different languages.
SALA Online Learning Series is a new professional development program that provides just-in-time training and support to teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) when implementing evidence based academic programs to assist ELL academic achievement and English language acquisition.
There are a number of ways to support the language and literacy development of English language learners (ELLs) that also allow students to participate more fully in classroom activities and lessons. This section provides specific ideas and strategies, such as tips for planning lessons and the use of language objectives, as well as broader approaches such as using informal assessment and differentiation for varying language levels.
This document provides a brief overview of how neuroscience is being linked with the practice of special education. Definitions, terminology, and three profiles of programs which incorporate neuroscience in their special education curriculum are provided in the document.