Suggested Work Flow for Understanding and Implementing Standards



All stakeholders have a common understanding of learning expectations for students as identified by the standards. Staff systematically implement the identified standards.


  • How have students been performing on current standards? Strengths? Areas for growth?
  • What state, national, or industry standards are required for this content area/course?
  • What do students need to know, understand, and be able to do according to the standards?
  • What level of cognitive rigor (thinking) is required by the standards?
  • What process will be used to unpack, or deconstruct, the standards into smaller learning targets?
  • What are the essential, or priority, standards for each grade level?
  • What process will be utilized to check for appropriate grade-to-grade build of learning?
  • What professional learning will be needed to effectively understand and implement the standards?
  • How will implementation of the standards be systemically supported?
  • What process will be used to monitor implementation of the standards?
  • What process will be used to communicate the standards to staff, students and parents?


Example from Springfield, Illinois



Depth of Knowledge Scale Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) provides a vocabulary and a frame of reference when thinking about our students and how they engage with the content. DOK offers a common language to understand “rigor,” or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks. Webb developed four DOK levels that grow in cognitive complexity and provide educators a lens on creating more cognitively engaging and challenging tasks.
A Model of Learning Objectives A taxonomy for learning, teaching and assessing: Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy
Rigor and Relevance Framework The Rigor/Relevance Framework is a tool developed by the International Center to examine curriculum, instruction, and assessment along the two dimensions of higher standards and student achievement. It can be used in the development of both instruction and assessment. In addition, teachers can use it to monitor their own progress in adding rigor and relevance to their instruction, and to select appropriate instructional strategies for differentiating instruction and facilitating higher achievement goals.
NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit This toolkit is intended to be a fully dynamic resource of information on Common Core State Standards and contains six critical areas for understanding and preparing for implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. Learning Forward is the only association focused solely on the most critical lever in improving schools – building the knowledge and skills of educators. Through the Standards for Professional Learning, Learning Forward leads the field in understanding what links professional learning to improved student achievement.
English Language Arts and Literacy Common Core Standards Common Core Standards for ELA and Literacy in the content areas.
Understanding the Shifts in ELA and Literacy Find out more about the CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
Beyond Fiction In this research brief, the Center for Public Education examines the role of informational reading in postsecondary education, workplace and day-to-day life and how well American students and adults perform in this domain.
Shift Kits The English Language Arts (ELA) shift kits were designed in partnership with the ISBE and the ELA Content Specialists. There are nine separate kits based on PARCC’s advances as well as one administrator’s kit.
Mathematics Common Core Standards Common Core Standards for Mathematics.
Progressions Documents for Common Core Math Standards Narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children’s cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.
The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox This site has the Mathematics Common Core Content Standards.
Inside Mathematics Professional resources around the math content standards and practice standards.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Document outlining the framework for social studies released by the states after 3 years of work.
Next Generation Science Standards Various arrangements of the newly revised science standards.
NSTA Learning Center (National Science Teachers Association) Links to the NSTA Web Seminar Archives. Each on-demand program is approximately 60-minute long.
National Core Arts Standards Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre And Visual Arts standards.
World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages The National Standards for Learning Languages from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Common Core Literacy Standards in CTE Webinar that reviews the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in the Technical Subjects and examines strategies for implementation within the Career and Technical classroom.
English Language Learners (ELD) Standards (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment – WIDA) WIDA draws on multiple theories and approaches in an effort to describe language use in academic contexts; this is the language that language learners must acquire and negotiate to participate successfully in school. These multiple theories and approaches form a theoretical foundation that supports the WIDA standards framework.


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