Putting Education Reform To The Test

How A Yellow Dress Explains Common Core Standards

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Chancellor of Public Schools Pam Stewart explained how Common Core standards are different during a discussion Wednesday night at St. Petersburg College.

Florida is one of 45 states and the District of Columbia to adopt new, tougher education standards. The standards, known as Common Core, requires students to prove what they know — but also to show how they know it.

Educators across the state are preparing parents and students for the switch and trying to explain how the new standards will work. The new standards will be fully in place by the fall of 2014.

Pam Stewart, the chancellor of public schools at the Florida Department of Education, told a story Wednesday at a forum at St. Petersburg College to try to provide an example.

It’s not enough to read a passage and know Sarah, the main character, wore a yellow dress. Students will have to suss out why she chose a yellow dress from the passage context.

Listen to Stewart explain how the lesson might work after the switch to Common Core.


  • PCajka

    Total drivel!

  • bummed in ohio

    More politicians justifying their existence-they know nothing!

  • Disgusted

    There are already children being promoted and graduating in the state of Florida who know nothing and with diploma’s not worth the paper they are written on. These ESE kids still have to go back and take a GED after 4 years of high school. We are bringing up a society of under educated children. This is crap and can’t be allowed to happen. The Founders of this great country are rolling over in their graves.

  • Freedom is not Free

    Our children’s right to privacy is under attack. Did you know that your child’s info from grades K-12 will be stored on a federal database? It is more than anonymous test scores; they are storing your child’s attendance , learning disabilities, hobbies, altercations, social security#, name, address, career goals, attitude toward school and learning, and even homework completion. Don’t you think that this info could get into the hands of the wrong people? Who could run for office, etc. without having a silly incident from 6th grade brought up, for example? I worry for our children.

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