K-8 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDES

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This Quick Reference Guide for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study is a resource for teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard Course of Study across multiple content areas. There are nine Quick Reference Guides available – one for each of the grade levels from kindergarten through 8th grade. The inclusion of standards for all subject areas within single, grade-specific documents is intended to make planning for instruction more efficient and may be particularly useful for educators teaching multiple disciplines or collaborating to plan integrated instruction.

The Reference Guides contain the standards and objectives for each content area’s North Carolina Standard Course of Study and North Carolina Extended Content Standards. The alternate achievement standards are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities so they can have access to the Standard Course of Study at grade level. The North Carolina Extended Content Standards were developed for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and are accessible online at: https://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/disability-resources/significant-cognitive-disabilities/nc-extended-content-standards. The NC Extended Content Standards for English Language Arts and K-8 Mathematics were adopted in 2017 and will be implemented during the 2018-19 school year.

North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. These standards define what students know and should be able to do. The NC Standard Course of Study for K-12 English Language Arts and K-8 Mathematics were adopted in 2017 and will be implemented during the 2018-19 school year.

Additional information, such as introductory materials, or other narrative may be accessed by viewing the full version of the Standard Course of Study and Instructional Support Tools for each discipline, accessible online at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/.

  1. NC Standard Course of Study by Grade Level: Arts Education (Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts), English Language Arts, Healthful Living (Health and Physical Education), Information and Technology, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

  2. NC Standard Course of Study by Proficiency Level & Course: English Language Development, Guidance, and World Languages (Classical, Dual & Heritage, and Modern) are organized by proficiency level. A one-page summary and standards for all proficiency levels are included for Guidance and World Languages. A one-page summary and rubrics for proficiency placement are included for English Language Development. A one-page summary in the 6th-8th grade guides, organized by course, is provided for Career and Technical Education.