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Meridian Public Charter School utilizes the Common Core State Standards to determine the academic levels to which students are taught and assessed. The District of Columbia formally signed on to the state-led initiative, which was coordinated by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

With the aim of ensuring students across the country graduate from high school prepared to succeed in post-secondary courses and workforce training programs, the Common Core State Standards were created in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts and define the knowledge and skills students should acquire in their Pre-K–12 academic careers. The grade-level standards:

• Are aligned with college and work expectations;
• Are clear, understandable, and consistent;
• Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
• Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
• Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
• Are evidence-based.

Meridian Public Charter School utilizes textbooks which have been aligned to the Common Core Standards. Curriculum frameworks and curriculum mapping translate the knowledge and skills described in the standards into clear, specific guidance for the teachers.

All District of Columbia Public Schools are administered the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System. This standardized assessment is the major tool used to measure students’ progress towards achieving proficient performance relative to the academic content standards. Students at Meridian also take the Stanford Achievement Test as an additional standardized assessment and academic achievement tool.