Your Child's Progress 2015-16 - Page 13

GRADE Your Child’s Progress Learning standards for the 2015–16 school year Washington has K–12 learning standards that define the knowledge and skills every student needs to be ready for career, college, and life when they complete high school. Below are brief examples of Washington’s key learning goals for 6th grade. For more complete information, visit: 6 Washington State Learning Goals The Washington state Legislature has established four learning goals to provide the foundation for the development of all academic learning standards in the state: 1. Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with a variety of audiences; 2. Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; arts; and health and fitness; 3. Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as different experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems; and 4. Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities. • The Arts. Move with a partner or group; explore and apply elements of music; understand playwriting conventions; use aesthetic criteria. • Educational Technology. Use spreadsheet software to display poll or survey data. • English Language Arts (ELA). Compare and contrast authors’ perspectives and write arguments to support claims using reason and relevant evidence. • Health and Fitness. Assess fitness status and set reasonable health- related goals, understand peer pressure and how to be a positive role model. • Math. Learn the concepts of ratios and rates, and compute with fractions and decimals to solve multi-step word problems. • Science. Learn about engineering, develop models, and examine feedbacks between systems. • Social Studies. Explore the Earth and its peoples through the study of ancient world history, geography, politics, culture, and economic systems. Washington also has learning standards in Integrated Environment and Sustainability, World Languages, Career and Technical Education (frameworks and industry standards for middle and high school), English Language Proficiency (in ELA, math and science), as well as guidelines for HIV & Sexual Health and Early Learning (birth–3rd grade) that complement a well-rounded education for all students. Special education: Students who receive services have accommodations, modifications, and supports identified in their individual education plans. English language learners: Students who are learning to speak English have language proficiency standards that help teachers plan instruction across subjects that is appropriate to each student’s level of language development. August 2015, Publication No. 15-0041 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction