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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 to 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.

Seventh Grade Math

In seventh grade, students will continuing working with and expand upon proportional relationships, equations and positive and negative numbers.

Seventh Grade Math Skills:

  • Analyzing proportional relationships (ie- graphing in the coordinate plane) and distinguishing proportional relationships from other kinds of math relationships
  • Solving percent problems (ie tax, tips, price markdowns, etc.)
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative numbers, and solving related word problems
  • Solving word problems that have a combination of whole numbers, fractions and decimals (ie- a woman making $25 per/hour receives a 10% raise, what is her new hourly pay rate?)
  • Solving equations such as 1/2 (x-3) quickly and accurately, and writing these types of equations to solve word problems
  • Using statistics to draw inferences and making comparisons (ie deciding which candidate is likely to win an election based on the results of a survey)
  • Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models
  • Solving problems involving scale drawings
  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume

Seventh Grade Math 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

Seventh Grade English/Language Arts

Seventh graders will analyze, define, compare and evaluate ideas when reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will continue to analyze how themes develop in fiction and nonfiction books and articles from a selection of contemporary and classical pieces. 

Specific Skills:

  • Citing several sources of specific evidence from a piece when offering an oral or written analysis of a book, essay, article or play
  • Analyzing works of fiction to see how events advance the plot and how setting shapes the characters
  • Determining an author’s point of view or purpose in a nonfiction work and analyzing how an author takes a position that differs from other authors
  • Organizing and focusing writing, including supporting statements and conclusions with evidence showing that the evidence is accurate and reliable
  • Conducting research in response to a specific question by drawing on evidence from several credible sources 
  • Avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citations
  • Evaluating a speaker’s key points and reasoning, asking questions, and stating individual well-supported ideas in discussions
  • Presenting claims and findings to other emphasizing main points, making eye contact, speaking loudly enough, pronouncing words clearly and using formal English when appropriate
  • Using common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to determine the definition of a word (ie semi- semiannual, semicircle, etc.)
  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, and/or trying a new approach; focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, or revision) and shorter time frames (ie a single sitting) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences


As part of the shift, students will take part in a new system of assessments. As seventh graders, students will take one or two tests: Access 2.0 or the Smarter Balanced Assessment. (The Smarter Balanced Assessment will replace the WKCE beginning with the 14-15 school year.) Specific information about the tests can be found below:

ExamGradeExam Info

Access 2.0
(one hour
to administer starting
15-16 school year)

(ELL students only)

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

Smarter Balance 
(7-8.5 hours to 
administer; exact times
(Administered during 
the last 12 weeks of 
the school year) 

• Assesses English/ language arts and math
• Computer adaptive
• Measures achievement & growth
• Includes variety of question types
• Aligned to CCSS

 * The Smarter Balance exam will take the same amount of time to administer as the WKCE. 

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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