"It's fairly safe to say that potentially high-achieving kids are probably not as challenged as they could be or ought to be," Boser said.
The center supports Common Core standards. This initiative’s goal is to be "robust and relevant to the real world," giving schools "a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn." The standards have been implemented nationwide for the 2014-15 school year and adopted in 45 states.
Gladis Kersaint, a math education professor at the University of South Florida and a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics believes that many educators underestimate the abilities of students.
Kersaint feels that the support for higher standards and the students' willingness to meet those standards "suggests that they're ready to be more challenged in math classes. Hopefully this can be a motivator for teachers to say, 'Yes, we're moving in the right direction. "
Shelbie Witte, an English professor at the University of Florida and a former classroom teacher believes that standardized tests limit the amount of content teachers can cover.
"The curriculum is just void of critical thinking, creative thinking," Witte said. “As a result, students are "probably bored, and when they're bored, they think the classes are easy."
Witte who also trains teachers feels that testing has changed the concept of school for both the teacher and the student.
"That's what they think school is, and that's really a shame," Witte said.