The links to the left are to state department
of education pages with content standards in the USA, Australia,
New Zealand, UK, and Canada. These are useful to those who wish
to homeschool for a short period of time, and wish their children
to go as slow as the school system, so they won't master subjects
beyond their grade level and be too advanced to be happy back
in a regular classroom.
Another thought: why settle for lowly
state standards? Call or write the fanciest, highest-priced,
private schools in your state or nearby. Pretend you are considering
enrollment. Ask for a copy of their curriculum standards. Often
these are also online. Here's the course
catalog for the Head-Royce School,
in Oakland, California, for example.
Many of the standards are in Adobe Acrobat
format. You can get this free browser plug-in by clicking on
Using Content Standards
AN A TO Z ARTICLE
Why have the government content standards on a homeschooling website?
Planning a Custom Education
AN A TO Z ARTICLE
The real trick to homeschooling is, believe it or
not, to forget what "they" have put in place of goals
for your child.
Build Your Own Curriculum
AN A TO Z AFFILIATE
Curriculum Scope and Sequence from Sonlight. Recommendations
for Christian homeschoolers. Core programs available for purchase.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
A state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
An independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded
in 1986 by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., author of many books including
Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and The
Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them.
Standards, Testing & Accountability
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute publishes a number of articles about the adoption of standards.
As geography educators, we had a vision in mind as we wrote the
standards. We believed in the power and beauty of geography.
We wanted to help students to see, understand, and appreciate
the web of relationships between people, places, and environments.
National Geographic Society.
Guide to Building Visual Arts Lessons
This Guide is a tool to help educators and curriculum developers
create curricula that reflect a comprehensive approach to learning
and teaching in and through art. From the Getty Museum.
National Standards for History Basic Edition, 1996.
Mathematics Teachers' Familiarity With Standards and Their Instructional
Practices: 1995 and 1999
This study shows that more teachers became familiar with state
standards, and changed the way they taught math. It is interesting
to note that in the US, math scores dropped in the same time
period according to another study.
McREL Content Standards
If you are looking for a thorough, yet simple guide for what
your children can understand within age ranges rather than grades,
this is a good place to start.
Education World presents the objectives of the voluntary National
Education Standards for the major subject areas as a means for
educators to stay abreast of the current efforts being made in
the area of National Standards.
The National Standards for Arts Education
If our civilization is to continue to be both dynamic and nurturing,
its success will ultimately depend on how well we develop the
capacities of our children, not only to earn a living in a vastly
complex world, but to live a life rich in meaning.
The Next Generation Science Standards
K-12 Science Education Should Reflect the Interconnected Nature of Science as it is Practiced and Experienced in the Real World.