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Food for Thought

In Mike Schmoker’s book Focus, Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning  he states on page 46, “Clearly, we need to simplify curriculum – to drastically reduce the number of standards to those with the highest priority.  A focus on high-priority standards not only optimizes essential learning, it also ensures good test scores on any state or national assessment.  As Doug Reeves (2004) contends, with great logic and clarity, a good set of priority standards addresses about 88 percent of the items on the state test, if not 100 percent.  If you go after that extra 12 percent, you will have to cover too many standards and have less time for truly essential ones.  But a focus on the essential standards promotes both learning and higher test scores.”

To that I say, “Amen!”

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