Storytime isn’t what it used to be. In classrooms across the country, kindergartners aren’t just having books read to them — they’re comparing and contrasting characters. And second-graders aren’t reciting rhymes — they’re analyzing poetry.
These examples are the Common Core Standards in action. From kindergarten to 12th grade, 15 districts nationwide are currently participating in trial runs of the standards, which urge critical thinking in students and also provide uniform benchmarks for all states to follow.
But the standards also allow schools some flexibility. In Florida, district officals are meeting now to discuss exactly what their standards will look like. Melissa Erickson, president of the Hillsborough County Council of PTA/PTSA, tells Tampa Bay Online she thinks common standards will benefits the entire education community: