The State of Florida has adopted student performance standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, which are called the Florida Standards. The Florida Standards raise the education bar and put more emphasis on critical thinking skills. In English/Language Arts, the Florida Standards increase the focus on nonfiction reading. In Mathematics, students will work deeper in fewer topics. To learn more about the new Florida Standards, visit www.definingthecore.com/ or the Florida Department of Education www.fldoe.org or by subject area at http://www.fldoe.org/eduaccsummit.asp. Parents and students can also learn more about the new assessment and take a sample test, by visiting: http://fsaassessments.org/standards-and-families/.