The Core Knowledge Sequence is a detailed outline of specific content to be taught in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, and the fine arts.  As the basis of about 50% of a school’s curriculum, it can provide a solid, coherent foundation of learning, while allowing flexibility to meet local needs.

The Sequence represents a first and ongoing attempt to state specifically a core of shared knowledge that children should learn in American schools.  It should be emphasized that the Core Knowledge Sequence is not a list of facts to be memorized.  Rather, it is a guide to coherent content from grade to grade, designed to encourage steady academic progress as children build their knowledge and skills from one year to the next.

The Core Knowledge Sequence is the result of a long process of research and consensus-building undertaken by the Core Knowledge Foundation, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence and fairness in early education.

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