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The CCSS & Kindergarten

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a group of national learning goals outlining what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level. They were adopted for English/language arts and math by the state of Wisconsin in 2010. (Previously, Wisconsin only had standards outlining what students should know for grades 4, 8 and 12.)

These standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills needed to be successful, while helping families understand what is expected of their students. It’s also important to remember that the CCSS are not a curriculum; they are standards that establish what students need to learn, but don’t dictate how teachers should teach.

In Shorewood, we are aligning to the Common Core Standards, but are not formally adopting them. This gives our staff more flexibility when designing curriculum, while ensuring our students will be better prepared for the content they’ll see on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (which will begin replacing the WKCE during the 14-15 school year), without drastically changing our curriculum.

Our District and teachers will work together to decide how to best help students reach the standards. Differentiation will still be available for students, meaning students that need extra challenges will receive them, while students that need extra assistance will receive help.

Kindergarteners & Math

Kindergarten students arrive with wide variations of knowledge in math. The CCSS work to have all students on the same page by end of the year, with important foundations in place. One of the most important skills student develop in kindergarten is the ability to add and subtract small numbers. Students should also be able to use addition and subtraction to solve word problems, which will rely on gaining important fundamentals such as counting objects to tell how many there are in a group. Addition and subtraction will continue to be a very strong focus through second grade.

Kindergarten Math Skills:

  • Know number names and the count sequence
  • Count to tell the number of objects
  • Compare numbers
  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from
  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value
  • Describe & compare measurable attributes
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category
  • Identify and describe shapes
  • Analyze, compare, and create shapes

Kindergarten Mathematical Practices:

  • Make sense of problems and perceive in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Kindergarteners & English/Language Arts

Your student will learn about the alphabet and its role in reading, and will also practice rhyming, matching words with beginning sounds, and blending sounds into words. 

The size of your kindergartener's vocabulary is another key factor in his or her ability to read and comprehend books and stories. Students will also begin experimenting with writing, including writing upper and lower case letters, and will be encouraged to use a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to share his/her thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Kindergarten English/Language Arts Skills: 

  • With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers
  • With guidance/support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question
  • Form regular plural nouns orally (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes)
  • Use frequently occurring nouns & verbs
  • Understand and use question words (who, why, etc.)
  • Capitalize first word in a sentence and proper nouns
  • Recognize and name end punctuation 
  • Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck)
  • Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent
  • Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms)
  • Identify real-life connections between words and their use
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings
  • Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts

Standardized Tests & CCSS 

As part of the shift, students will take part in a new system of assessments. As kindergartners, students will take one or two tests. Specific information about the tests can be found below:

ExamGradeExam Info

Access 2.0
(one hour to administer)


• Elements of CCSS embedded
• Screens & provides an annual summary
• Computer adaptive

(20-30 minutes to administer)

• Useful for helping to identify students in need of 
additional help and as a source of formative data



District Calendar

    • TueApr24 Lake Bluff Linkage 5:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueApr24 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay08 School Board Town Hall 5:45 PM to 6:45 PMSHS Library
    • TueMay08 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay22 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

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