Your Child's Progress 2015-16 - Page 19

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 9th grade. For more complete information, visit: 9 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. Refine performance skills; perform, compose and analyze music; write one-act scripts; become visually literate thinker and creator. • Educational Technology. Identify and analyze websites with opposing points of view. • English Language Arts (ELA). Analyze complex characters and how an author’s ideas are developed; use technology to produce writing projects. • Health and Fitness. Develop a personal health/fitness plan and health-literacy skills that will continue through adulthood. • Math. High schools students typically take algebra I, geometry, and algebra II. They model real-world phenomena, compare simple and complex functions, and learn about congruence, similarity, and symmetry through geometric transformations. • Science. Analyze major global challenges and possible solutions; develop and use models; plan and conduct investigations; analyze data. • Social Studies. Explore major developments that have shaped the modern world, including human rights, revolution, democracy, and economics. 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. 15-0044 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction