Standards and Benchmarks

Reading the Document

I. Definition of Terms

Standard: Given a domain of learning, a standard is an overarching learning outcome exhibiting a synthesis of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.

Benchmark: A learning outcome; what a student will be able to know and do.

Suggested Examples: A sample of concepts or texts that can be applied when teaching the benchmark.

Suggested Resources: Suggested background reading for teachers that may also be appropriate for students.

Sample Learning Activities: Class activities that instruct, support, or reinforce the attainment of the benchmark.

Grade Bands: Benchmarks are banded for the grade bands K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

II. Document Legend

The chart below demonstrates the format and placement of the benchmarks, suggested examples, resources, and learning activities.

GO TO
STANDARD

GRADE LEVEL
BENCHMARKS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

1.22 Benchmarks are written in bold and numbered. The first number designates the standard and the second its place in the standard. For example, 1.22: standard 1, benchmark 22; 3.15: standard 3, benchmark 15.

Suggested Examples: Are written in italics and are examples of concepts or texts

Suggested Resources: Are written in italics and suggest background reading for teachers that may also be appropriate for students

Sample Learning Activities:

  • Examples of activities that can be used to instruct, support, or reinforce the attainment of the benchmark.