Why Power Standards?
face a formidable set of challenges: students not learning
at high levels to demonstrate proficiency, standards
contain more concepts and skills than students can learn,
teachers offered little or no strategies for managing
the volume, and teachers believe in academic “freedom” and
feel said freedom is being eclipsed by a move to standardization
Standards confront these challenges with a common sense
approach—providing more time
for teachers and students to delve deeper into the learning
by focusing only on the essentials that provide leverage,
endurance, and next-level readiness.
also know that in the expanse of TN State and Common
Core Standards, not all standards are of equal importance
and offer the same leverage for student learning. There
are transcendent standards that cross grade levels and
content areas to propel enduring understandings. We call
these SCS “Power Standards;” this
is an effort to prioritize standards, not to eliminate
any of them.
A vertical team of SCS
ELA and Math K-12 teachers worked along with district administrators
during the 2010-2011 school year. The team developed these
Power Standards drafts by using a rigid set of research-based
criteria from Larry Ainsworth, Doug Reeves, and Michael
Fullan. Now, we ask for your good thinking and feedback
so we can confidently create a final set of quality SCS
Power Standards. In the current drafts posted, you will
notice revisions that have occurred due to feedback received
from schools in the spring of 2011.
After reviewing the
Power Standards documents, please complete the brief survey
in order to provide the Power Standards committee important
Thank you in advance for your input!
Math Power Standards D2
Reading Power Standards D2
Power Standards D2
reviewing the Power Standards drafts, please take a moment
to complete this brief survey to provide feedback to
the Power Standards Committee. Click
here to take the survey