State governors and education officials proposed a new set of national standards for a K-12 education, developed in cooperation with 48 out of the 50 states.
The proposal, a step in the White House's plan to improve the quality of the nation's schools, sets core standards for each grade, laying out goals for math, language and history.
We want to give you a chance to see how you would do with these new national standards. Below is a sampling of the objectives laid out by the new guidelines, along with a test question.
Test your own knowledge and then check the answers at the end of this article to see if you would make the grade.
1st GRADE STANDARDS:
1) MATH OBJECTIVE: Solve word problems involving addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20.
TEST YOURSELF: If you're at the grocery store with your mom and there are three carrots, nine cucumbers and five tomatoes in your cart, how many vegetables do you have?
2) READING OBJECTIVE: Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
TEST YOURSELF: How many syllables are in the word "elementary"?
4th GRADE STANDARDS:
3) MATH OBJECTIVE: Find the factor pairs for a given whole number less than or equal to 100.
TEST YOURSELF: List the factor pairs of 42.
4) LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE: Observe conventions of grammar and usage -- form and use the progressive verb aspect.
TEST YOURSELF: Write out the progressive verb aspect of "walk."
8th GRADE STANDARDS:
5) MATH OBJECTIVE: Use the Pythagorean theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles.
TEST YOURSELF: If one side of a triangle is three inches in length and another four inches, how long is the third side?
6) LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE: Observe conventions of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
TEST YOURSELF: Correct the following sentence: It was a fasinating enjoyable movie.
10th GRADE STANDARDS:
7) MATH OBJECTIVE: Rewrite expressions using the laws of exponents.
TEST YOURSELF: Rewrite 5^(3/2) and 5^(-1)
8) LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE: Use a semicolon to link two or more closely related independent clauses, and use a colon to introduce a list or quotation.
TEST YOURSELF: Rewrite the following passage: She loved reading books. Her mom took her to the library every Wednesday. Some of her favorite authors included Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and William Shakespeare.
12th GRADE STANDARDS:
9) MATH OBJECTIVE: Understand that different forms of an expression may reveal different properties of the quantity in question; a purpose in transforming expressions is to find those properties.
TEST YOURSELF: What is the approximate monthly interest rate if the annual rate is 15 percent?
10) LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE: Observe correct capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and conventions concerning using hyphens to join words.
TEST YOURSELF: Identify errors in the following sentence: By mid day, their were thirty too First timers in the gymnasiom.