Curriculum & Instruction
Common Core State Standards
Read the standards
These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. From the Common Core Standards FAQ
The standards are a set of rigorous, evidence-based standards that are clear, consistent and aligned with college and career expectations.
The Common Core standards aim to do to the following:
- Ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce—an issue that is critically important for a transient community like Anchorage.
- Ensure that students are receiving a high quality education consistently from school to school and state to state.
- Capitalize on assessment items and curriculum material developed to match the Common Core standards, greatly improving the scope and quality of assessment and curriculum materials.
- Provide the ability to compare the performance of ASD students to students in other states and the nation.
The district began work on the Common Core standards in 2008 with other large urban school districts nationwide. These standards have been adopted by 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The state of Alaska has not adopted the Common Core standards.
Conversation: A Three-Minute Video on Common Core State Standards
This three-minute video produced by the Council of Great City Schools explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.
Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards
This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.
Parent road maps
Road maps help parents understand how to support their child in math and language arts. Each road map lets parents know what their child will learn, how to partner with the teacher, provides examples of skills and strategies students will use and how to ensure learning continues outside of school.
English Language Arts