Palm Beach and other districts in Florida are kicking up the standards for kindergarten students this year as part of the state’s move to common core state standards. The new standards place higher expectations on what these young students will be able to do—like counting to 100 by 1s and 10s, and adding and subtracting through 5, some punctuation rules, writing opinion pieces, using computers to publish writing, and higher expectations for reading fluency.
Teachers and administrators quoted in last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief article are optimistic about the move to these higher standards, saying that it’s content they’ve been teaching but that it’s just articulated in a more focused way. Opponents are concerned that the standards have not been field tested.
Do you agree with the educators in this article that the common core standards provide focus and an opportunity to go deeper on key priorities?