Our first grade students will never take the FCAT! However, they will be the first to take the new assessment based on the Common Core Standards. We have been studying the Common Core, which has now been adopted by 41 states, for a couple of years and one of the things that we realize is that the expectations are rigorous. If you think we are expecting more out of students today than when you went to school, then you're right. We are now expecting our American children to be able to compete internationally when they graduate from high school. We are expecting that they will be college ready - that if they want to go on to a higher education that they will have the background and knowledge to do ao. The 3-minute video below helps explain how the new Common Core will make a difference in the lives of our first graders.
Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards from CGCS Video Maker on Vimeo.