Curriculum Benchmarks

 

All of our Language Arts and Mathematics titles meet the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics respectively. Our Language Arts lesson plans meet these standards through our teaching pedagogy, which includes pre-assessment questions to determine what the students already know about the topic, and post-reading comprehension activities that tests students on how much they understand what they have read in the provided reading passage. Our Mathematics lesson plans meet these standards by focusing on the key components of the five strands of mathematics that students must comprehend: Number & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability. The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and for Mathematics are a culmination of standards that aim to ensure all students are college and career ready in literacy, as well as to make the mathematics curriculum more focused and coherent.

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All of our Science and Environmental Studies titles meets the Next Generation Science Standards, the National STEM Standards, and the STEAM Standards. The NGSS aim to integrate the content and skills of science in an approach to teaching and learning. The STEM Standards aim to integrate the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in an approach to teaching and learning. The STEAM Standards aim to integrate the STEM Standards with Language and the Arts.

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Our Mathematics titles are written to the NCTM five strands of Mathematics. The NCTM's Principles & Standards for School Mathematics outlines the essential components of an effective school mathematics program. Together, the Principles and Standards offer a comprehensive and coherent set of learning goals, serving as a resource to teachers and a framework for curriculum. Our titles offer exercises written to the NCTM Process and Content Standards and is inspired by the Six Principles for School Mathematics: Equity, Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Technology.

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All of the vocabulary in the content is based on the Six Levels of Thinking in Bloom's Taxonomy for Reading Comprehension: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating, and Creating. The activities included in our titles engage and build the full range of thinking skills that are essential for students' reading comprehension. Based on the Six Levels, questions are given that challenge students to not only recall what they have read, but to move beyond this to understand the text through higher-order thinking. By using higher-order skills, students become active readers, drawing more meaning from the text, and applying and extending their learning in more sophisticated ways.

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Our interactive content meets the current Common Core Standards in Language Arts and Math. Teachers can choose to use this content as a stand-alone lesson plan, or implement it into their existing program as supplemental material. Our interactive content follows a consistent format: pre-assessment, reading passage, comprehension questions and quiz. It is designed to help teachers integrate technology into their current curriculum. As such, teachers have the ability to create individual accounts for their students. A built-in tracking system keeps track of what lessons the student is using, and how long they are using it. All of our interactive content fits into the following funding types:

Title 1

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html

• Helps students meet academic standards in reading and math

• Supplements existing programs

• Supplemental materials, technology, and professional development for the teacher

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act)

http://idea.ed.gov/

• Early intervention

• Special education

• Assistive technology

Race to the Top

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html

• Success in raising student achievement

• Best plans for continuing these reforms

• Standards and assessments, data systems to inform instruction, great teachers and leaders, turning around lowest performing schools

SIG (School Improvement Grants)

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html

• Extensive changes to implement transformation in the school

• Professional development

• Curriculum reorganization

Title 4B (21st Century Community Learning Centers)

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html

• Before or after school programs

• For K-12 students in low-performing schools

Charter School Funding

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/charter/index.html

• To plan, design, and implement new charter schools

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