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Literacy Skills Develop Over Time

In 2009, a state-led effort to ensure that all students, regardless of where they live, could graduate from high school prepared for college, career and life was undertaken by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. This effort, also known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, set out to describe a rigorous set of higher order skills that would prepare students for the 21st century and beyond. These skills are designed to convey a unified vision of the big ideas in literacy and reflect a progression of learning from kindergarten through the 12th grade. 

The gadget shows an "I can" progression for a reading standard. Click on each step to see an example of an “I can” learning progression statement that details the skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of that grade. Each step builds on the skills of the previous step, so that students will have mastered the skills needed to meet the standard when they reach the top of the staircase.

This and other progressions for writing, speaking and listening, and for language can be reviewed in the Literacy "I Can" Progression Ladders tool.






For some guidance on how you might help a child achieve standards-based objectives, see the Standards to Practice Planning Tool.

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