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Learning Standards

What are Learning Standards?
Learning standards are written statements of what children are expected to learn at each stage of development. This section of ReadTennessee.org is designed to address learning standards in two general areas of development – early learning (birth to age 5) and elementary school-aged learning (kindergarten to grade 3).

 

Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are specific learning standards that were created to set clear expectations of what students should know in each grade-level and subject and to ensure that every student who meets the standards graduates high school prepared for further education or the workforce. Adoption of the CCSS is voluntary, and to date, at least 40 states (including Tennessee) and the District of Columbia, have adopted the standards.

These standards establish what students need to learn, but not how teachers should teach. Instead, schools and teachers will decide how best to help students reach the standards.

The Standards will provide students, teachers, and parents with a shared understanding of what students are expected to learn. With students, parents, and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can increase the likelihood that students will make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed and build a strong future for themselves and the country.

 



Watch this video about the common core state standards, or this quick 3-minute video.                             
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Check out the TNCORE.org website for an explanation of what Tennessee teachers are doing about the common core state standards and what they mean for your children. Download and watch the common core overview video and look at the helpful slides about what Tennessee teachers will be focusing on in classroom teaching.

Video: Common Core Overview for Tennessee Parents Go to the top link of the two links that appear in the window - Common Core State Standards - and click on "view in itunes" to download this nine minute video.

Slides: Parent Information about Common Core Standards


Tennessee Early Learning Standards
Tennessee created a set of Early Learning Developmental Standards (TN ELDS) in 2004 to help all adults who care for children across the state understand appropriate practices for caring for children from birth to age five. The standards were developed to show the continuum of developmental milestones from birth to age five based on the research about process, sequences, and long term consequences of early learning and development. Click on the buttons to see family guidebooks about what these standards mean and what you can do to help your child grow and develop.

       
Spanish Version Birth to Three
Spanish Version Three to Five 




TNCORE.org has posted helpful booklets for parents  about the common core standards - these were created by the Council of the Great City Schools.

Kindergarten English/Language Arts                              Kindergarten Math                
First Grade English/Language Arts                                First Grade Math
Second Grade  English/Language Arts                          Second Grade Math
Third Grade English/Language Arts                              Third Grade Math


  
Tennessee Family Guides to Reading/Language Arts Common Core Standards
(PDF)

The information below in PDF format allows additional information regarding Tennessee Family Guides for download.

     

  


 

 Tennessee Family Guides to Math Common Core Standards (PDF)

The information below in PDF format allows additional information regarding Tennessee Family Guides for download.

       

  


 NEW! Great introduction for parents and for anyone working with Early grades and new to the Common Core State Standards.
Helping Children Learn in the Primary and Elementary Years MATH: A Guide to the Math Common Core State Standards for Parents and Students (March 2013)



  

 

 

PTA Family Guides to Common Core Standards (PDF)

The PTA Family Guides listed below in PDF format are available for download based on the grade levels that you are interested in accessing.

     

 

PTA Family Guides to Common Core Standards Spanish (PDF)

The PTA Family Guides listed below in PDF format are available for download based on the grade levels that you are interested in accessing in Spanish.