KASD's Academic Standards

What are academic standards? How are they used?

Academic standards identify what students should know and be able to do in the classroom within a given subject or content area. Standards serves as goals for student learning, guideposts for classroom instruction, and a framework for assessment. Academic standards also provide a critical foundation or starting point for the development of local curriculum.

What are examples of academic standards?

Social Studies example:

  • Explain how laws are developed, how the purposes of government are established, and how the powers of government are acquired, maintained, justified and sometimes abused. (Source: Wisconsin Model Academic Standards, Middle School, Political Science strand)

Science example:

  • Investigate how organisms both cooperate and compete in ecosystems. (Source: Wisconsin Model Academic Standards, High School, Life and Environmental Science strand)

Math example:

  • Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. (Source: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Elementary School – Grade 4, mathematical content standard)

English Language Arts examples:

  • Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet. (Source: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Elementary School – Kindergarten, foundational reading skill standard)
  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. (Source: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Middle School, writing standard)

How are academic standards different from curriculum?

One of the most common points of confusion seems to be the difference between standards and curriculum. While academic standards are a broad set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do, they are not an actual classroom curriculum. Curriculum represents the district’s implementation of the standards through its own local decisions and actions related to the development of courses and units of study. Curriculum development is characterized by a high degree of local control and decision-making as illustrated by . . .

  • The School Board’s approval of courses and instructional materials.
  • The development of units of study by district curriculum teams.
  • The district’s adoption of selected instructional approaches such as balanced literacy.
  • The daily instructional decisions of teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.

What are the academic standards that will be in effect during this school year?

The School Board has adopted academic standards that will be in effect in the content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, history and geography. To view KASD's 2017-18 Academic Standards, click here.

Who can I contact for more information about the District’s curriculum and/or academic standards?

Questions about curriculum and academic standards can be directed to Ron Simonis, Director of Curriculum. He can be contacted by phone (920) 788-7900 or Email.