This is the first in a series of posts about learning standards. We recognize we must go beyond the state standards in order to support teaching and learning to the highest possibilities for our PK-12 students in Texas. We read in the high level alignment indicators of the Visioning Document Implementation Matrix:
Students learning is based on challenging, meaningful content standards that have been articulated, specified, and described PK-12. Learning standards in all content areas extend beyond the state curriculum including such things as:
- clarification/enhancement of the cognitive demand of the standards
- supports for ensuring that students have access to the full content of the discipline
- identification/clustering of “power” standards to ensure depth over breadth
- communicating linkages across disciplines.
First, we must be aware of the state standards and access them regularly in order to ground ourselves in the practice of standards-focused or standards-driven instruction. Then, we can work toward providing the supports described above (cognitive demand, accessibility, power standards, and cross-disciplinary linkages). These four supports will be described in the remaining posts in this series.
In order to start with the state standards as a focus, it is recommended that you bookmark, print, or save the standards in an efficient format.