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Defining Roles: Standards vs. Curricula vs. Instructional Materials

FocusEducators and publishers often use the terms “standards,” “curriculum” and/or “instructional materials” interchangeably. Moreover, many educators consider their instructional materials to be their curriculum. However, each of these terms represents a distinct component of an educational program. In the sections that follow, we provide explanations of each of these terms to differentiate their meanings in the context of PreK-12 education.

Standards set out what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of each school year. Standards are generally established at the state level. In fact, ESSA requires that each state create learning standards for public schools in three subjects—English language arts/reading, mathematics, and science—and many states go beyond ESSA’s minimum to set standards in social studies, career and technical education, languages other than English, and other subjects.

In contrast, the curriculum is developed at the district level, the product of local policy making. While the standards tell you what is expected, the curriculum provides the road map to get there. Often described in documents such as “scope and sequence” and “units of instruction,” a curriculum includes goals, instructional practices and pedagogical guidance, suggested resources and instructional materials, and methods of measuring student progress. [Read more…]

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Reviews: College Board’s SpringBoard Mathematics

The College Board’s SpringBoard Mathematics is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum for students in grades 6-12 available in print and online formats. Across grade levels, lessons have a consistent structure and focus on developing math literacy through active learning.  SpringBoard Courses 1-3 address middle school grades 6-8, respectively. At the high school level, SpringBoard offers courses for Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus.  Across grades, SpringBoard prepares student for success in college and careers by incorporating Advanced Placement (AP) instructional strategies.  Learning List has verified the alignment of courses to Texas, Common Core and Florida standards.

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Each SpringBoard course is structured using the “Understanding by Design” instructional model. Students “get ready” for learning by examining the types of assessment questions they will experience when instruction is complete. Lessons balance conceptual understanding and procedural fluency and provide opportunities for individual and collaborative learning experiences. Content is presented clearly and includes relevant visual elements, such as graphs and tables that support student understanding but do not distract from content. Problems are framed in terms of meaningful, real-world applications and examples provide step-by-step guidance toward solutions. The complexity of problems increases progressively allowing students to deepen and extend their learning.

SpringBoard teacher editions include planning and pacing guides and point-of-use correlations to standards (e.g., CCSS, MAFS, TEKS), support in implementing AP strategies, and guidance in meeting the needs of English language learners (ELLs) and struggling and advanced students. Teacher resources provide extra practice problems, lessons in prerequisite skills, and mini-lessons (instructional support for concepts related to the lesson).

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[Source: College Board]

About College Board*

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from College Board.

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