How do I know my student is meeting the state standard?
First, when a parent asks this question, he or she usually means, “How do I know my student is studying the right thing at the right time?” and is wondering if their student should be studying American history in third grade or volcanic activity as a middle schooler. However, the issue of state standards more often relates to skill ability rather than the content studied. Therefore, the meeting of state standards is really a question of “How do I know my student is acquiring the right skills at the appropriate pace?” We’ll answer both of the above questions here. First, the matter of studying “the right thing at the right time” as relates to state standards is an impossible task for any curriculum for two reasons: (1) content that ought to be studied in a certain year varies from state to state as states or school districts, not the federal government, determine content for certain grades, and (2) these content standards are constantly changing as states or school districts update and rearrange their schedules. So, really, the more important question about state standards is “acquiring the right skills at the right time.” WinterPromise usually exceeds these state standards if the entire program is used as written (with the elimination of some activities, of course, as we have given you more than you should be able to use). If you’re still curious, it may be helpful to look at your state’s standards. Here’s a website that has compiled most of the state’s standards: https://hslda.org/