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Learning Standards

Standards-Based Education involves all stakeholders in a child's education. Administrators and teachers engage in the purposeful planning of lessons that have clearly defined outcomes and high expectations for all students. In standards-based education, the standards help to ensure that students learn knowledge and skill that prepares them for college or career. Standards-based education involves simultaneous exposure of standard based learning alongside on-going individual formative and summative assessments.

In Renton, we believe three key components are essential in every course, at every grade level, and in every classroom PreK-12th.

  • Standard-based learning prioritizes rigorous and challenging standards that all students need to know and do to be career and college ready.
  • Student assessments are aligned to grade level and content standards that gauge student progress in a fair and informative manner. 
  • Students and parent/guardian(s) clearly understand the student's learning progress.

Washington State Learning Standards

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.

The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.


The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

The links here provide information on the Washington State Standards also referred to as the Common Core State Standard

  1. The Common Core State Standards
  2. CCSS Frequently Asked Question
  3. Ready WA Common Core Information
  4. OSPI: Your Child's Progress
  5. Renton School District; additional information on the CCSS and SBA