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By: Carolyn Coil
Educational standards are the learning goals that indicate what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Standards are not a curriculum though they can provide the framework for developing a curriculum.
Differentiation is essential when educators work with diverse groups of students while using the same set of State Standards for each student. The activities and corresponding assessments in this book are specifically designed examples of how your State Standards can be implemented in your classroom with diverse students.
A significant advantage in using State Standards is that they are general, with broader curriculum application. They can potentially lead to higher-level thinking and mastery of 21st century skills rather than focus on lower-level test-prep answers. Coil’s practical examples show educators how to use differentiated curriculum, differentiated instruction, and differentiated assessment.
Differentiated curriculum calls for differentiated assessment. The assessments presented here are differentiated assessments. Using differentiated assessments leads to greater success and achievement on high-stakes standardized tests.
Coil includes over 50 topics in language arts, math, social studies, science, and interdisciplinary topics. Lesson formats include:
- Criteria Cards
- Curriculum Compacting
- Individual Lesson Plan (ILP™)
- Tiered Lessons & Units
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