"They require a higher level thinking, lot more critical thinking, creativity, it's going to be extremely challenging," explained Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals of the new standards.
But the big change begs the question -- how will Duval County get it's educators prepared for a new way of teaching?
"A lot is professional development," said Pratt-Dannals. "We already have plans in place. We have a very strong partnership with three national groups that have come together."
The district has already begun that process with teachers in the classroom. Up and coming educators will also need to be taught new techniques - beginning in college.
"It's not something that you do in a week or two. It's going to be a multi-year process," he said.
Third grade teacher Jaime Johnson says she's ready to tackle new challenges, even though that means being flexible and possibly throwing her old ways out the window.
"Not reinventing the wheel, just doing what's best and meeting the students wherever they are," she said.
She says she's looking forward to the professional development being provided by the district. She also knows talking with other teachers to find out what works will help them all reach that next level.