What are Academic Concepts and Learning Standards?

Publishers around the world align their content to standards in order to ensure adoption by districts, states, countries, etc. By aligning content to regional standards, publishers are able to reach new K-12 market segments and geographies. Tagging content with standards also aids in search and discovery of content in platforms, websites and applications.

The same concepts (e.g. dividing fractions, scientific method, photosynthesis) are used in educational systems throughout the world, but the emphasis put on individual concepts and the way individual standards are written and published differs from province to province, state to state, and country to country. Learning standards focus on the academic concepts that students must understand and master to be successful. Learning Standards, sometimes referred to as competencies, are institutional guidelines detailing what children are expected to learn and understand at different ages and levels. Learning standards ensure that all children, rich, poor, urban, and rural are held to the same levels of accountability and academic accomplishment. Most countries have learning standards; for example, the U.S. has the Common Core Standards that many states use; Australia has the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), etc.