Academic Content Standards
Standards Guide for Families
Achievement Tests (Grade 3-8 Proficiency)
Terms and Definitions:
Content Standards describe the knowledge and skills
that students should attain - often called the "what"
of "what students should know and be able to do." They
indicate the ways of thinking, working, communicating, reasoning
and investigating, and important and enduring ideas, concepts, issues,
dilemmas and knowledge essential to the discipline.
are the specific components of the knowledge and skills identified
by an Academic Content Standard. The benchmarks serve as checkpoints
of cumulative knowledge and skills over a band of grades.
are statements of what students should know and be able to do at
each grade level. The indicators are the checkpoints that monitor
progress toward the benchmarks.