Think of this post as a place to discover links, maps and blueprints where educationally excellent core subject standards exist beyond the PNW.

Below are links to the standards of three states receiving  a cumulative 4.0 for their educational standards in the  Fordham Foundation report “2006 State of the State Standards”.

Indiana State Standards

California State Standards

Massachusetts State Standards

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization.  While this group does not create standards, they do provide states and schools with grade level skills maps created by national teacher organizations such National Council of Teachers for Math, English, Social Studies, Art, Geography and Science. P21 does much more.  This group provides schools with blueprints for mapping education in an integrated package: curriculum and instruction, professional development, accountability and learning environments.  Whoo Hoo!

Example of a Partnership for 21st Century Social Studies Skills Map

Partnership for 21st Century Skills – All Core Subjects Skills Maps

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national  organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global  economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation ). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.”

Yes, private and public schools have been given permission to use all of the P21 materials.


About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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