A content standard is a general statement that describes what students should know and be able to do following their participation in educational programming. Content standards are developed to offer consistency and coherence to educational programming, to eliminate redundancy in content covered over time, and to provide a foundation for the development of effective instructional and assessment programs. In contrast to achievement standards and/or performance standards, which describe the specific level at which students are expected to perform, content standards describe more generally what students are expected to learn. Within K–12 educational settings, content standards are typically developed to be grade level and discipline specific and are organized in a way that reflects a logical progression of essential knowledge and skills within a given content ...
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