Standards and Curriculum
IntroductionFlorida uses the Mathematics and Language Arts Florida Standards, the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science, and Florida's most recent social studies standards. The standards outline what students in each grade should be able to do by the end of the school year. They form the basis for the curriculum (the lessons we teach and practice assignments students complete). School and state assessments are designed to document students' mastery of the standards.
StandardsThese sites provide in-depth information on all of Florida's standards for each subject.
- FLDOE.org Standards List - a printable list of the Language Arts and Mathematics standards by grade level
- FloridaStudents.org - resources for students to practice each of the Florida Standards
- Item Specifications - defines the content and format of the test and test items that will be written for each standard
Levels of Content ComplexityEach of Florida's standards is assigned a level of cognitive complexity. Students are expected to master the standard at or above the given complexity level. More information about Florida's levels of content complexity, which are based on the Depth of Knowledge Model by Dr. Norman Webb, is available from the Department of Education on their Cognitive Complexity/Depth of Knowledge Rating webpage.
CurriculumLeon County elementary schools use the following curriculum programs to teach Florida's standards:
- Language Arts - Reading Wonders by McGraw Hill
- Mathematics - Go Math! by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Science - ScienceFusion by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parents, Teachers, and Coaches: Where Do Mindsets Come From?
Excerpt from the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. At DeSoto Trail, students are taught that they have the potential to achieve high academic goals, and a growth mindset is reinforced throughout the campus.