After measuring classroom achievement through No Child Left Behind for the past several years, schools in most states -- including South Dakota -- are switching to the Common Core Standards.
It may be the biggest test South Dakota educators have taken when it comes to teaching your children; switching to Common Core Standards, which has been adopted by 45 states.
"There's no doubt we had to get our teachers up to speed on standards and we had them doing training provided by the state and local activities," Baltic Superintendent Bob Sittig said.
Baltic Superintendent Bob Sittig says his staff has adapted and so have the students and what's expected of them.
"We are challenging them, but they're going to adapt to that challenge and I think they'll be fine in the Common Core Standards," Sittig said.
Secretary of Education Melody Schopp says Common Core Standards expect more of the students; especially in areas of reading and math.
"It's necessary not just to memorize facts and figures, but instead we're asking students to explain and show how they problem solve, it really makes them better prepared for life in general," Schopp said.
But critics say one size doesn't fit all; students learn at all different levels. But proponents says Common Core Standards addresses that.
"I don't think it's a matter of kids who can and can't, I think it's even better to adapt to students with different abilities," Schopp said.
"I'd ask them to read the standards and really take a look at them and if they have concerns about specific standards, tell us what they are and then we can try to address those, but I really haven't heard any specific concerns of standards," Sittig said.