What is the difference between learning statements and standards?

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What is the difference between learning statements and standards? Why are there learning statements in the learning continuum that mention topics that aren't specifically mentioned in my state's standards?

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Learning statements are generally more granular than standards. Learning statements in the learning continuum are instructionally-focused descriptions of questions on the MAP Growth test. So while a standard will be generic, the learning statements will provide more specific details.

For example, a standard may be to "analyze the central ideas of a text", while the learning statements will specify analyzing the central idea of a speech, a poem, or an informational text. This specificity provides teachers with possible instructional opportunities not identified in a broad standard.

Additionally, learning statements are not written to a specific set of standards. Therefore, the learning statement can be used with any test in which the test question associated with that learning statement is included. Because of this, the particular wording (“print concepts” instead of “concepts of print” or “multiple-meaning words” instead of “homonyms”) might be slightly different than the standards.

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