School standards, curricula aren't the same

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators.

But before going too far down that road, an important distinction needs to be made between standards โ€” which outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level โ€” and curriculum โ€” which is what happens day to day and week to week in classrooms.

Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

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