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Resources for District, State & National Education Standards

Instructor: Shelby Golden
District, state and national education standards are used to guide instruction and ensure students are developing the content area knowledge and critical-thinking skills needed to succeed after they graduate. Learn more about education standards used at the district, state and national levels, and find out where you can access resources for each.

Resources for District Education Standards

You can generally find the standards used by your school district through the district's website. This online information should also allow you to find out how students are assessed at various grade levels.

Keep in mind that some states allow districts freedom over the educational standards in certain subjects, which can include art, foreign language, health and technical education. You should research your area to find out which subjects are covered by state standards and which topics are under the purview of local educational districts.

Resources for State Education Standards

Each state's Department of Education (DOE) website typically provides resources related to the educational standards in place for each grade level and subject area. State standards usually cover subjects like English language arts, math, science and social studies.

Some department websites also include FAQs pages that allow you to find out more about how the standards are being implemented, as well as what tests are used by the state to monitor student progress. Check out these study guides for state assessments if your kids need extra help preparing for any exams required by your state.

Resources for National Education Standards

The United States doesn't have a specific set of national education standards, as individual states are granted the freedom to determine their own guidelines. However, there are some widely used standards that are outlined below.

Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards for math and English language arts/literacy have been adopted by all but 8 states in the nation. You can use the Common Core State Standards Initiative's website (www.corestandards.org) to find out if your state uses these standards. The site provides facts about how the standards are used in the classroom, as well as the educational goals they were designed to help students reach. This lesson on Understanding the Common Core can also help you find out more about what areas the standards cover and how they work to ensure students get the most benefit from their education.

If you're looking for instruction aligned with Common Core standards for middle and high school, you can check out these Common Core Standards Courses. These online guides allow students to review key math and language arts skills by watching short, interesting video lessons. These courses are a great way for students who are taking classes that draw on Common Core Standards to go over what they're learning in the classroom. Students can even complete interactive quizzes as they work on these study guides.

Professional Teaching Standards

There are also national professional organizations that offer standards designed to focus on specific subject areas. The standards can be used by teachers to help direct student learning as well as provide them with accountability for what they teach. In some cases, these standards are also adopted by individual states. You can find these standards through the:

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Language)
  • National Art Education Association (Art)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (Language Arts)
  • National Council for the Social Studies (Social Studies)
  • National Research Council (Science)
  • Society of Health and Physical Educators (Physical Education)

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