Standards Alignment

PURPOSE: Selected standards support the unit, giving focus and direction to instruction and assessment


  • Use current state standards.
    • If you are updating old standards within a curriculum map, please refer to the IN Dept of Education website for an easy-to-use standard correlation guide.
  • Select standards that are truly tied to and will be assessed within the unit of study.
  • Consider cross-curricular connections when aligning standards to units of study.
  • IN Grades 3-8:  Core Subject Standard rating explanation
    • Check Plus = CRITICAL STANDARD (50-75% instructional time)
    • Check = IMPORTANT STANDARD (25-50% instructional time)
    • Check Minus = ADDITIONAL STANDARD (5-10% instructional time)


Curriculum Basics: Standards and Assessment