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Academic Content Standards

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Handouts are available in either print or digital format. Printed handouts are free to keep. Digital materials are available to download at your convenience.

Lending Library - Books (3)

Handouts (4)

Books

Delivering On The Promise of the 95% Reading and Math Goals
Lynn Fielding, Nancy Kerr & Paul Rosier
This book describes the strategies and work of one school district. The book also provides a perspective on the national situation created by No Child Left Behind. It provides a revealing view of the learning gap, where it starts and practical and cost-effective solutions that focus on the pre-school years.

Succeeding With Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning
by Judy F. Carr & Douglas E. Harris
This book offers a practical, school-tested solution to the challenge of incorporating standards at all levels with the best of the local education system. The authors describe a comprehensive process by which schools and districts can turn piecemeal initiatives into a coherent plan.

What Parents Need to Know About Common Core and Other College- and Career-Ready Standards
by Laurie Barron & Patti Kinney
The words 'common core' have raised hopes, questions, blood pressure, enthusiasm, controversy, expectations, political discussions, fears, and even hairs on the backs of some necks. Parents, along with the general public, are bombarded by a variety of voices and opinions about the subject. This book cuts through the myths and panic to offer a complete review of what the Common Core State Standards require of their children and their children's schools and how new college- and career-ready standards education affects their children's education - no matter what state is their home. With a focus on the standards and what they actually say, the authors answer - in clear and practical terms - the many that have perplexed parents, such as: Where did the standards come from? Who is behind these? Is this a federal take-over of education? Why do we need new standards? What is different about the Common Core standards? What will be asked of students at my child's grade level? How do the new standards benefit my child? How will my child be tested? Will my child do poorly on the new tests? How will test results be used? How can I talk to my child, the teachers, and school officials about the standards? and How can I help my child meet the standards? The book is designed as a guide to help parents move from confusion to confidence as they head to the same destination as thousands of other parents, educators, and students from across the nation.

Handouts

Understanding the Common Core State Standards: Grades 6-8: A Parent's Handbook
Channing Bete
This clear and concise resource helps parents of students in grades 6-8 understand the Common Core State Standards and support their child's academic success. Interactive features present an overview of the Common Core, counter misconceptions, and provide grade-by-grade details of English language arts and math standards. Also covers Common Core assessment, provides test-taking tips, and helps families overcome anxiety. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #20

Understanding the Common Core State Standards: Grades 9-12: A Parent's Handbook
Channing Bete
This interactive handbook helps parents of students in grades 9-12 understand the Common Core State Standards and support their child's academic success. Easy-to-understand pages explain the goals for the knowledge and skills their child will be taught, counter misconceptions, and provide grade-by-grade details of English language arts and math standards. Also covers Common Core assessment, provides test-taking tips, and helps families overcome obstacles. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #21

Understanding the Common Core State Standards: Grades K-5: A Parent's Handbook
Channing Bete
This reassuring handbook helps parents understand how Common Core State Standards will improve the quality of their child's education. Insightful sections present an overview of Common Core, counter common misconceptions, and provide grade-by-grade details on English language arts and math standards. Also explains the role of testing, answers common questions, encourages taking an active role, and offers valuable tips on supporting young students. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #22

Your Child and Common Core Assessments
Channing Bete
This booklet explains about Common Core State Standards and how they affect your child. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #137

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