Comparison of English Language Standards for Kindergarten
Every day teachers enter their classrooms and are expected to teach their students particular material in accordance with a Standard of Learning. There is a National Standard and a State Standard for Learning. Most states have adopted the National Standard known as The Common Core State Standard (CCSS) for English Language Arts, but Virginia has opted out. The State of Virginia chose not to adopt the voluntary Common Core State Standards because The Board of Education believes revising rather than abandoning the nationally recognized SOL program ensures that students will be on equal footing or in fact better standing than with students in states that have adopted the CCSS. A Third entity, The Core Knowledge Foundation has developed a Sequence for Language Arts. The Sequence represents an effort to describe and state the specific core of shared knowledge that all children should learn in U.S. schools, and that speakers and writers assume their audience knows. It should be emphasized that The Core Knowledge Sequence is not a list of facts to be memorized. Rather, it is a guide to coherent content from grade to grade, designed to encourage cumulative academic progress as children build their knowledge and skills from one year to the next. The Core Knowledge Sequence is distinguished by its specificity. While other standards provide general guidelines concerning what students should be able to do, they typically offer little help to teachers in detailing specific content or skills. The Sequence provides a solid foundation on which to build instruction. Moreover, because the Sequence offers a coherent plan that builds year by year, it helps prevent the many repetitions and gaps in instruction that often result from vague curricular guidelines. The Core Knowledge Sequence is not meant to outline the whole of a school’s curriculum, but rather to provide a coherently...