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What Is My Child Learning?

Parent involvement is key to student success, so it's important for parents to have an understanding of what students are expected to learn.
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According to a recent survey, Salem-Keizer parents' most frequent question about instruction is, "What is my child learning?" The short answer to this question is simply, "state standards."

State standards are the things students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. They represent learning goals for each subject at each grade. The standards are designed to make sure students have the skills they need to be successful.

Standards are established by the state, and all Oregon students are measured against the standards for each grade.

The way that schools help students reach standards is through instruction. Instruction is how students are guided to meet the standards. School districts, not the state, determine instruction.

Parent involvement is key to student success, so it's important for parents to have an understanding of what students are expected to learn. This helps keep everyone focused on the progress students need to make each year.

Standards are long, complex and plentiful. They're written for educators, using jargon and technical language, so they are not always easy for the general public to understand.

Don’t let the length and detail of standards worry you as a parent. To support students and to help understand grading practices, a basic understanding of standards will go a long way.

If you would like to dive deep into the full standards, visit the Download the Standards page.

For a sample of what your student will learn by grade, download the Parents' Guide to Graduation.