Standards & Benchmarks

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Common Core Standards

The Utah State Department of Education has adopted the Common Core State Standards and Canyons School District will be implementing them over the next 3 years. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

In Canyons School District we are working towards adhering to the ISTE NETS standards for students, teachers, and administrators.

  • ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Students (2007) help students prepare to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.
  • Rapid advances in technology are putting new demands on educators and students. ISTE unveiled the new NETS-T in 2008. The ISTE NETS-T provide a framework for educators to use as they transition schools from Industrial Age to Digital Age places of learning.
  • Administrators play a pivotal role in determining how well technology is used in our schools. The NETS for Administrators enable us to define what administrators need to know and be able to do in order to discharge their responsibility as leaders in the effective use of technology in our schools.

Instructional Strategies

We also tie much of our technology-related professional development and the educational use of technology to the nine strategies promoted by Pitler, et al. in Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works.

These strategies include, among others:
  • Identifying Similarities and Differences
  • Homework and Practice
  • Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
  • Summarizing and Note Taking
  • Nonlinguistic Representations
  • Generating and Testing Hypotheses 
  • Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Cues, Questions, and Advanced Organizers


  • Pitler, H., Hubbell, E. R., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using technology with classroom instruction that works. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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