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Academic Standards

A system that is standards-based focuses on practices that ensure all students achieve the standards in all content areas. In this section of Getting Started, actions and resources are recommended to help educator teams develop shared understanding of the standards and benchmarks in a content area.

Read the Overview of Academic Standards to learn more about the guidance provided in the Actions below.
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Background and Structure

Develop shared understanding of the background and structure of the standards.


Develop shared understanding of changes needed to meet the standards.

Learning Progressions

Identify Learning Progressions across grades as represented by standards and benchmarks.

Grade-level Standards and Benchmarks

Examine the knowledge, skills, and rigor in the standards and benchmarks for each grade level.

Interdisciplinary Connections

Identify universal concepts and specific connections of standards across content areas.