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Standards-Based Instruction

Thompson School district is committed to providing an accurate picture and communicate your student’s growth and your student’s achievement by giving clear, specific feedback on their growth toward the mastery of grade level content and standards.

The Common Core Standards are like a warehouse, chock-full of the very best basic ingredients for a well-rounded, good-tasting, healthy diet. How schools and teachers use these basic ingredients (core standards) is up to them. They can use any recipes they want to cook up good, nutritious meals (lessons). Common Core is just the place where they find the basic foods, essential vitamins, minerals, sugar, and spice (common core standards) they need to prepare the meals (learning) on which students will thrive.

The standards set up a coherent progression of skills and knowledge that students should learn as they move through school. Concepts build naturally on skills and learning mastered in class the previous year. For instance, kindergarteners will work on recognizing the shape and sounds of letters, while eighth graders will work on building vocabulary and reading fluency. One skill will build upon another in a logical, sequential pattern based on research connected with learning readiness and common sense.

Below are some resources to help you learn more about the standards and their impact.

Common Core State Standards

English Language Arts Standards

Mathematics Standards

National PTA

Parents' Guide to Student Success

Council of the Great City Schools

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards