Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in Math and English Language Arts from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
An essential component of the Hawaii Standards System is the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III (HCPS III) document which contains content and skills in Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Science (see also NGSS below), Social Studies, and World Languages.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.
A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.
Pearl Ridge is in the process of bridging the HCPS III Science Standards to NGSS. Our faculty participates in a variety of professional development opportunities that help us familiarize and prepare ourselves for this shift. Lessons are continually reviewed and updated to incorporate NGSS more and more. Full implementation of NGSS is slated for school year 2019-2020.
Equally important to learning academic content is developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes that all students need in order to lead full and productive lives. The six General Learner Outcomes serve as the essential, overarching goals for all of the content and performance standards. The GLOs include: self directed learner, community contributor, complex thinker, quality producer, effective communicator, and effective & ethical user of technology.