E.D. Hirsch, author of What Your First-Grader (Second-Grader, Third-Grader, etc.) Needs to Know, has made available a good scope-and-sequence tool. The Core Knowledge Sequence outlines what every child needs to know in Language Arts, American and World History, Geography, Visual Arts, Music, Math, and Science, Preschool - Grade 8, according to Hirsch's organization, Core Knowledge.
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Scope and Sequence, aka "What does my child need to learn when?" This site lists useful links to listings of scope and sequence by grade and by state. It also has info on the Common Core and its controversy.
By Allison Morris of Accredited Online Colleges dot com
An eye-opening graphic showing the cost of standardized testing and the lack of meaning of the tests themselves.
From the introduction to the graphic:
America is considered the single most tested nation on the globe, with students of all ages engaging in more rigorous and demanding standardized tests each year. While some advocate for the continued presence of standardized testing in our educational system, more students, parents, and educators are beginning to press for the eradication of standardized tests all together. American students are certainly taking a great deal of these one-size-fits-all, fill in the bubble assessments, but statistics don't show that the tests are helping. Compared to other nations, American students are seriously underperforming in school, and this lack of success has raised the question, are standardized tests actually helping educators know how to teach, or are these tests just wasting valuable time? With students of all ages being expected to fit into a single mold for measuring knowledge, it's hard to imagine that standardized tests can actually help educators assess different students' needs.
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