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Education Department unveils "Standard of the Day"

The Florida Department of Education is taking to Twitter to help people understand the new Common Core State Standards. 

The Common Core has been controversial, in part because Tea Party groups oppose the idea of national education benchmarks.

But Florida education officials want people to know that the standards are not a national curriculum. That is, they don't dictate things like which books students should read or what specific topics should be studied.

To prove that point, the Department of Education has been Tweeting a "Standard of the Day."

Wednesday's standard du jour is for second graders in the subject of reading: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Tuesday's example was for sixth graders: Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.