Instruction & Assessment

Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed in collaboration with education partners to establish clear goals for learning that will prepare children for college and the workforce. The standards represent our best current description of what we want our students to learn and be able to do in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The standards are not curricula. Local districts and teachers have authority over how to help students meet these standards, relying on the expertise and professional judgment of educators in developing instruction to achieve these goals.

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Stockbridge Central School is committed in providing access to quality instruction and learning opportunities for every student’s optimal achievement and success. The curricula described, below, represents comprehensive instruction across multiple grades in key areas of learning. For more information on grade-specific instruction, refer to individual “Classrooms” found in the heading menu, above.

Engage NY Math Curriculum (K – 6)

Modules in mathematics are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics. They integrate the Common Core Learning Standards, rigorous classroom reasoning, extended classroom time devoted to practice and reflection through extensive problem sets, and high expectations for mastery. Engage NY resources for parents and families are available at the following website:

English Language Arts

Fountas&Pinnell Literacy™ (K – 3) is a research-based, comprehensive approach to high-quality literacy instruction. Through systematically designed lessons and original, engaging leveled books, this program supports learning in both reading and writing, helps students expand their knowledge of language and words and how they work.

Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Teaching Reading (K – 5) offers grade-by-grade curricula in reading designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards. Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, this reading series is rooted in best practices and newest thinking. It includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading, undergirded by learning progressions in reading for literature and informational texts.


The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are considered to be the foundation of all Vermont science instruction. Like other schools throughout Vermont, Stockbridge has been gradually and continually striving to incorporate these standards into curricula and instruction.


Smarter Balanced Assessment (3 – 6)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment, administered annually in schools across Vermont, was developed to assess student mastery of Common Core State Standards.

NECAP Science Assessment (4)

The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science tests are administered annually for all Vermont students in grades 4, 8, and 11.