What are Curriculum Standards?

Curriculum Standards are created and published by each state in order to convey the educational requirements in each subject area at each grade level that students are expected to learn and teachers are expected to teach.

Standards are generally created for the main areas of social sciences (history and civics), science, mathematics and language arts.

Each standard then provides specific information in a hierarchical view. The lowest levels of the hierarchy are the benchmarks. A curriculum standard will contain many educational benchmarks. These benchmarks contain keywords and directions that the educator will use to build their lesson plans.

At EBSCO, we utilize a collection of standards and benchmarks from Academic Benchmarks, a premier standards data services provider.  The collection from Academic Benchmarks covers every U.S. state except Iowa (which doesn’t publish its own state standards) as well as standards for Canadian provinces.  This collection does not include any U.S. National standards.

The Curriculum Standards application also includes U.S. Common Core standards for mathematics and language arts.

Content and Features

Academic Benchmarks accumulates all of the curriculum standards published by each state. Each standard is converted into a consistent XML format. Benchmarks are aligned to Academic Benchmarks’ Common Term Catalog (CTC).

EP’s implementation of the content provides a hierarchical, up-front browsing that directs the educator/researcher to a specific standard. The drop-down limiters, presented on the left of the screen, include:

Once these selections are made, a view of the standard is presented on the right-side of the screen. Using the plus and minus signs that precede the text, educators/researchers can collapse and expand the standard in order to navigate to the specific educational benchmarks.

Working with Academic Benchmarks, EP has enhanced the delivered content by aligning our own EBSCO Assets to Academic Benchmarks’ CTC. What this means is that throughout the data, EP-specific search strings are found within some of the benchmarks. Educators and researchers can PRINT, EMAIL, and SAVE the standard they are viewing.

Accessing on the Interfaces

The Curriculum Standards module is accessible from different sections, depending upon which interface you are accessing:

The term “Curriculum Standards” will be displayed as an active link through each access point. Selection of the link will open the Curriculum Standards module in a new browser window.

For accessing via a Teacher Resource area:

1 – Select the Teacher Resources button on the top right of the screen
2 – Select “United States” in the Curriculum Standards area in the left inset
3 – Select “Curriculum Standards Application” at the top of the list in the center of the screen

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How do I use the Curriculum Standards application?

ID: 5386
Topic: Interface Features, Database Products and Content
Services: Searchasaurus, Student Research Center, Kids Search, Points of View Reference Center, Science Reference Center, History Reference Center, Read It!
Link: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5386
Updated: February 2016

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