Power Standards for Charter Schools

“Power Standards” refer to an effective system that schools can use to focus teacher instruction and student learning on the essential Florida Sunshine State Standards. This system involves identifying the essential and “critical-to-know” state standards that are connected from grade level to grade level.

In addition, teachers use standards-based tools to motivate students to learn and carefully track the student’s progress in meeting the standards. These tools include standards-based performance assessments, power standards posters and standards-based report cards.

FCPCS offers training for charter school administrators and teachers in the Power Standards methods through its Training and Professional Development Program.

FCPCS endorses the Power Standards system because it has proven to be an extremely effective way for charter schools to prepare students for success on the FCAT while at the same time providing a well-rounded, meaningful education that will serve them well in life.

The TCCPS schools developed a number of model documents for other charter schools to use and adapt. These documents are available by clicking on the links below. Although they were created in 2002-03, the TCCPS documents available here can be adapted easily for use by charter schools operating today. If you plan to use these documents, you will need to be revise them to meet your own school’s needs.

Power Standards Tools for Charter Schools

The Power Standards tools that are available below were created by five of the first charter schools in South Florida. These schools joined together in 1998 to form the Tri-County Charter School Partnership (TCCSP). The Partnership was awarded $550,000 in grants over three years from the South Florida Annenberg Challenge to develop a standards-based model of instruction, assessment and school accountability for charter schools.

The TCCSP contracted with the Leadership and Learning Center (formerly the Center for Performance Assessment), one of the leaders in standards-based instruction, to provide training over the three-year period to the schools’ administrators and teachers.

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Power Standards for Language Arts and Math – K-8

The Power Standards listed below were selected by a team of administrators and teachers from the TCCSP as the most “essential-to-know” Sunshine State Standards for their students, along with related benchmarks and grade level expectations.

Ideally, each charter school should go through the process of identifying its own list of power standards. To accomplish this, a multi-grade team would review the Florida Sunshine State Standards and, based on the school’s student population, academic goals, and curriculum, and select their own “essential-to-know” standards.

Once a school’s Power Standards have been identified, the school can develop its own Power Standards Posters to place in the classroom, Standards-Based Performance Assessments to help students achieve mastery of those standards, and Standards-Based Report Cards to keep parents and students apprised of their step-by-step progress in mastering the Power Standards.

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Standards-Based Progress Reports

Standards-based progress reports are used in conjunction with standard report cards and other reports (such as personal education plans and portfolios). They allow teachers to track precisely each student's proficiency in meeting the Florida Sunshine State Standards selected as "Power Standards." The reports are issued two or more times a year and given to parents. One of the ways teachers determine whether students are meeting the standards is through Standards-Based Performance Assessments.

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Power Standards Posters

One of the effective tools still in use by the TCCSP schools are “Power Standards Posters.” These posters are displayed in the appropriate classroom so that all students (and parents) can see what students are working on learning in that grade level and subject area.

The posters display the Power Standards for the previous grade, current grade and next grade side-by-side, to give students and parents a clear idea of the progression of learning from one grade level to the next. The posters attached below can be enlarged and printed on poster-sized paper. (The posters for grades 6-8 must be printed out individually and posted side-by-side.)

Over the years, the TCCSP schools have found this type of assessment to be far more effective in assessing students than traditional multiple-choice tests. Students can work independently at their own pace and are required to perform tasks that show that they understand concepts and are proficient in certain skills.

Student Performance Assessments – Samples for K-8

The teachers in the TCCSP schools created these standards-based performance assessments for their own students. They followed a model created by the Leadership and Learning Center (formerly the Center for Performance Assessment), the organization that provided training to the Partnership faculty.

The assessments are similar to a unit of study and take two to several weeks to implement in the classrooms. They are meant to assess skills and knowledge that the teacher has already covered in class.

Each assessment contains an "engaging scenario" to arouse a student’s interest in the project. This is followed by four or more tasks, each of which requires the students to show their proficiency in the specific standards listed on the cover page of the assessment. Each task builds upon the succeeding task, and students are asked to repeat a task if they do not achieve the "proficient" or "exemplary" rating. The scoring guides are designed to measure the level of the student's proficiency in meeting the standards outlined in the assessment.