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Many homeschoolers use the Common Core State Standards to learn “educationalese” for filling out reports or required plans. While homeschooled students are not required to follow Common Core, they will compete in the future for jobs and college placement with students who have been educated to these standards. So, when homeschooling, try to do better than standard!
The links below and 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.
Why Use Government Standards In Homeschooling? Read more below.
Content Standards Links
Understanding Content Standards
|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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s0rRk9sER0Core Knowledge
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
Guide to Building Visual Arts Lessons
Mathematics Teachers’ Familiarity With Standards and Their Instructional Practices: 1995 and 1999
McREL Content Standards
Why Use Government Standards In Homeschooling?
by Ann Zeise
Yes, I know, I know. I don’t pay much attention to the state government “Content” sites. We like to do “child led” learning, as I know many of you do, too. So why have the government content standards linked on a homeschooling website? Why do homeschoolers bother to look at my page of links to these government websites?
Why am I homeschooling? I want to prepare my children to be competent and independent adults, fully capable of being a productive member of society. I want them to know what they believe, but especially why they believe it.” ~Joy
The “Content” page is here to use as you will. Call it a “crutch,” if you will, for newbies until they learn the real joy of “free range” homeschooling by trusting their children.