Leaders establish national standards for students

WASHINGTON

It is all part of President Obama's campaign to increase education standards. Under the plan, fourth-graders would be expected to explain major differences between poetry and prose. Eighth-graders would be expected to use linear equations to solve an unknown.

There are no required reading lists, but the plan does push students to read more nonfiction in social and natural sciences.

The public has until April 2 to comment on the new standards.

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