Standards are not a Curriculum
The National Governors Association Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partnered on a state-led initiative to develop common standards for mathematics and English language arts.
Forty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards to date.
The terms "standards" and "curriculum" are often—and erroneously—used as synonyms for one another. Standards define what children should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. A curriculum specifically describes what children need to learn to meet those standards.
The Common Core State Standards leaves curriculum decisions to the states, but the message is clear and unambiguous: there must be a curriculum and not just any curriculum will do. Successful implementation of the new standards depends on a coherent, specific and content-rich curriculum.
The Core Knowledge Sequence is just such a curriculum.
What is the Core Knowledge Sequence?
A Coherent, Cumulative, and Content-Specific Curriculum
The idea behind the Core Knowledge Sequence is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. For the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness, and higher literacy, Core Knowledge provides a core curriculum that is coherent, cumulative, and content-specific in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge, grade by grade.
If all of our children are to be fully educated and participate equally in civic life, then we must provide each of them with the shared body of knowledge that makes literacy and communication possible. This concept, so central to the Core Knowledge Foundation’s goal of excellence and equity in education, takes shape in the Core Knowledge Sequence—a pioneering attempt to outline the specific core of shared knowledge that all children should learn in American schools.
The Core Knowledge Sequence is a detailed outline of specific content (and skills) taught in English/language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, and the fine arts.
Saint Gabriel Catholic School uses the Core Knowledge curriculum.
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