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K-8 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDES

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The Quick Reference Guides for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study serve as a resource for teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard Course of Study across multiple disciplines. There are nine Quick Reference Guides – one for each of the grade levels from kindergarten through eighth grade. The inclusion of standards for all subject areas within single, grade-specific documents makes planning for instruction more efficient and may be particularly useful for grade-level educators teaching multiple disciplines or teams of teachers collaborating to plan integrated instruction.

The Reference Guides contain the standards and objectives for all of the Common Core State Standards, North Carolina Essential Standards, and North Carolina Extended Content Standards. Additional information, such as introductory materials, or other narrative may be accessed by viewing the full version of the Standard Course of Study and Instructional Support Tools for each discipline at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/.


The Reference Guide is organized into four major sections:

  1. Common Core State Standards – On June 2, 2010, North Carolina adopted the K-12 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and for English Language Arts and  Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

  2. North Carolina Essential Standards by Grade Level –The North Carolina Essential Standards were written by teams of North Carolina Educators and are available by grade level for Arts Education (Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts), Healthful Living (Health and Physical Education), Information and Technology, Science, and Social Studies.

  3. North Carolina Essential Standards by Proficiency Level & Course – The Essential Standards for English Language Development, Guidance, and World Languages (Classical, Dual & Heritage, and Modern) are organized by proficiency  level rather than by grade level. A one-page summary and standards for all proficiency levels are included for Guidance and World Languages. A one page summary and rubrics for proficiency placement are included for English Language Development. You will find a one-page summary in the sixth through eighth grade guides for Career and Technical Education, organized by Course.

  4. North Carolina Extended Content Standards –These alternate achievement standards are designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to have access to the Standard Course of Study at grade level. The North Carolina Extended Content Standards were developed for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.