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CORE/Essesntial Standards By Grade

  • Kindergarten
  • First
  • Second
  • Third
  • Fourth
  • Fifth
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade

NCLB - No Child Left Behind:

A Federal program addressing assessment, accountability and teacher quality. The measures are intended to close achievement gaps between various groups of students. Requires all students to be Proficient or above by 2014. Teachers must be highly qualified, which includes holding a full state teacher certification and a license to teach, holding a bachelor's degree and demonstrating competence in academic subjects they teach.


Standards, Curriculum & Accountability

Accountability and Assessment

In today's education world we hear a lot about accountability. The California State Board of Education adopted Curriculum Standards, which all schools are expected to use as a framework for their curriculum. Districts are held accountable for teaching those standards and students are tested annually on their progress towards mastering those standards.

To Meet No Child Left Behind and State Requirements, Achievement Data is collected and reported by the State of California. For more information on achievement by school, please click on the following links:

  • SARC: School Accountability Report Card 2014
  • API: Click Here for the State Department of Education API (Academic Performance Index) General Information Website for more on this topic .The API is a score ranging from 200 - 1000 that represents a school's results on statewide assessment.
  • AYP: Click Here  for the State Department of Education AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) General Information Website for information on this topic. Each state is required under NCLB to implement an accountability system that will ensure that Adequate Yearly Progress is being made towards closing the achievement gap. Targets which schools and districts are measured on are the testing participation rates, the percent of students ranking proficient.and above in both Language Arts and Math, and the API or Annual Performance Index.
  • DataQuest Reports for accountability (e.g. API, AYP), test data, enrollment, graduates, dropouts, course enrollments, staffing, and data regarding English learners.
  • Ed-Data (Outside Source) State, county, district, and school level reports covering topics such as students, staffing, finances, and performance rankings.
  • Educational Results Partnership

CAASP Testing

For more information see the Star Testing Schedule and Information tab or refer to the links below.

Curriculum Frameworks and Content Standards

Curriculum frameworks provide guidance for implementing the standards adopted by the California Board of Education. Frameworks are "blueprints" for implementing the content standards for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. More specifically, frameworks:

  • organizes a body of knowledge that students need to learn during their K-12 years.
  • created to illuminate methods to be used to extend specific content.
  • elaborate on standards and describe the curriculum, instruction and assessment necessary to help students.
  • provide a coherent, effective and efficient program of instruction.

State Standards and Frameworks

California Content Standards

All public schools in California are mandated to follow the following educational standards k-12. 

To view your child's classroom curriculum, please click on the subjects bellow.

English Language Arts | Content Standards for California 

Mathematics | Content Standards for California

History-Social Sciences | Content Standards for California

Additional Content Standards

We encourage our parents to communicating regularly with their child's teacher.

Curriculum and Instruction: I Can Do Standards

These “I CAN DO STANDARDS” present the California Content Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics in "kid-friendly" language. They have been written to stay true to each standard but with an “I CAN DO!” attitude. They are intended to be used with students and parents to have them participate in goal setting and gaining mastery.  (NOTE: The CORE/Essential Standards are identified in BOLD, large font)

What are the CORE/Essential standards?

The Grenada Elementary School District carefully aligns its comprehensive curriculum with the California State Standards and Frameworks. GES has set clear guidelines as to the skills students should master at each grade level. A major instructional goal for is that all students GES demonstrate competency in challenging subject matter, including English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and Physical Education.

The CORE(Curriculum Objectives for Reaching Excellence)/Essential Instructional Program  ensures that students master a solid foundation of skills and that they learn progressively to apply these basic skills and foundation knowledge to reason, solve problems, use the scientific method, think creatively and critically, make aesthetic judgments, and expand their knowledge of the world. These standards are based on best educational practices and provide all educators a clear blueprint for teaching and learning. They are a set of education priorities to guide the school system, from crafting lessons for the classroom to allocating resources.

CORE parent conferences at all grade levels are designed to foster good communication in the parent/teacher partnership and help all children reach their highest potential. At the elementary school level, a goal-setting conference is held in the fall with the parent, the teacher, and when appropriate, the student. Parents have the opportunity to tell the teacher about their child’s achievements and goals, and the teacher has the chance to explain the standards and curriculum, initial assessment data, and academic goals.

Throughout the year, teachers send home information about class assignments and student achievement. Parents are encouraged to speak with a teacher about concerns at any time by making appointments. In the spring, parents of elementary students are invited to attend progress conferences to discuss academic growth and any academic concerns.

Brochures explaining CORE standards at each grade level are available on this page.  In the column on the left, click on the grade level you want.  A PDF File will be displayed for you to read or print.

The general curriculum in elementary school calls for two hours daily uninterrupted reading/language arts instruction grades K-5. Students receive mathematics instruction daily for 50-60 minutes in grades K-5. These blocks of instructional time reflect the mandates contained in the English language arts and mathematics frameworks.

The basic curriculum for middle school students—Grades 6 through 8—calls for students to complete three years of English, history, mathematics, science, and physical education.