Leaders establish national standards for students

March 10, 2010 10:40:35 AM PST
Governors and school superintendents across the nation Wednesday proposed a new set of common standards for what students should learn in English and math from kindergarten through high school.

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.