WHAT DO LITERATE AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW?

Since its creation in 1988, the Core Knowledge Sequence™ has served as a foundational document for coherent, cumulative, and content-specific curriculum by educators and families, as well as those developing state standards and instructional materials. The Sequence provides guidance regarding the knowledge and skills that students should learn at each grade in literature and language arts, science, world and American History, visual arts, music, and math.

Over that thirty-year period, the knowledge and skills included in the Sequence have remained remarkably stable, with only small adjustments made several times to reflect changes in standards and our general knowledge of the world. It was last revised ten years ago in 2010.

The Core Knowledge Foundation is pleased to announce that we are embarking on a review and update of the Sequence. Our process will include a review of current standards, findings from cognitive research, as well as input from subject matter experts and educators.

We want to invite you to share any suggestions that you may have for updating the Core Knowledge Sequence. What knowledge and/or skills should be added to the Sequence and what, if anything, should be deleted? We welcome your ideas and suggestions, both general and specific.

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We anticipate the release of the updated
Core Knowledge Sequence in 2021.

We will continue to offer the 2010 Core Knowledge Sequence for
free download and for purchase
while supplies last.


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