Curriculum Frameworks include Big Ideas, Concepts, Competencies, and Essential Questions aligned to Standards and Assessment Anchors and, where appropriate, Eligible Content.

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Curriculum Framework Definitions
  • Big Ideas: Declarative statements that describe concepts that transcend grade levels. Big Ideas are essential to provide focus on specific content for all students.
  • Concepts: Describe what students should know (key knowledge) as a result of this instruction specific to grade level.
  • Competencies: Describe what students should be able to do (key skills) as a result of this instruction, specific to grade level.
  • Essential Questions: Questions connected to the SAS framework and are specifically linked to the Big Ideas. They should frame student inquiry, promote critical thinking, and assist in learning transfer.
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