The intent of the Common Core State Standards is mastery of grade-level content by the end of the school year by building a solid foundation. Standards paced in each half quarter serve as the focus of instruction through which a deeper understanding of the content is built. It is important to note that the order in which the Standards appear within each half quarter does not necessarily indicate the order in which they must be taught.
The Standards should not be taught in isolation. Due to connections between and among Standards, teachers are encouraged to integrate, where applicable, related Standards within their instruction. For example, a comprehensive mathematics lesson might include learning targets from the Number System and Expressions and Equations Domains. The learning targets provided in the Unwrapped Standards provide additional direction for lesson planning by allowing teachers to identify specific learning targets within a single Standard that can be combined differently with other targets across multiple lessons and units to support student mastery of the Standards by the end of the school year. Organizing curriculum in this manner fosters a spiraled curriculum; one in which the student repeats the study of a subject multiple times, each time at a higher level of difficulty and in greater depth (Jerome Bruner, 1960).
Some Standards may appear in more than one time period. Teachers should access the Unwrapped Standards for the focus in the different time periods.
Students in courses with District Common Semester Exams may be assessed on any standard listed within a given semester in Pacing View.