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Who Decided What's In the Sequence?
The Core Knowledge Sequence is the result of a rigorous process of research and consensus-building by the Core Knowledge Foundation to identify the elements of a stable and consistent core of knowledge for every student regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or geographic location in the United States. An extensive search for the topics and vocabulary most frequently found in adult communication was conducted, as well as examining curricula from high-performing countries for structure and content. State and national reports on standards and content were analyzed, and content experts were consulted to determine the accuracy and appropriateness of topics and grade level assignments. An advisory board on multicultural traditions proposed specific content of diverse cultural traditions all American children should share in order to develop mutual respect, knowledge, and understanding.
Additional groups of teachers and specialists reviewed the draft of the master plan and were asked to agree on a grade-by-grade sequence. Their draft sequence was sent to 100 educators and specialists who participated in a national conference in March 1990, at which a working agreement on core knowledge for the first six grades was made. Elementary school teachers, curriculum specialists, scientists, science writers, officers of national organizations, representatives of ethnic groups, district superintendents, and school principals from across the country all participated in the conference, and 24 working groups decided on revisions to the draft. The resulting provisional Sequence was further fine-tuned during a year of implementation at a pioneering school, Three Oaks Elementary in Fort Myers, Florida.
Since this initial effort, there have been several revisions of the Sequence. These revisions have incorporated new information in various fields as well as feedback from many Core Knowledge schools.