A new set of uniform benchmarks for math and reading are said to be necessary to better prepare students for college, and the workforce. Critics of the measures contend they don't know enough about them, and are concerned about the federal government's involvement.
About 500 people registered to attend a panel discussion Tuesday night in Franklin that highlighted concerns. The topics were ranging from the cost to implement the common core state standards, to how involved the federal government will be in developing them.
The standards are described as a set of higher expectations in math and English that include more critical thinking and problem solving. The outcome will be to help better prepare students for global competition.
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia are adopting the standards.