National PTA Parents’ Guide to Student Success
The National PTA’s Parents’ Guide to Student Success provides an overview of what your child will learn by the end of 6th grade in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. It focuses on the key skills your child will learn in these subjects, which will build a strong foundation for success in the other subjects he or she studies throughout the school year. This guide is based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. These K–12 standards are informed by the highest state standards from across the country. If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well prepared for 7th grade.
English Language Arts and Literacy
In 6th grade, students apply skills they learned in earlier grades to make sense of longer, more challenging books and articles. That includes learning about how authors try to influence readers and find reasons to support their ideas. Focusing on how authors make their points and support their arguments with evidence and reasoning helps 6th grade students sharpen their ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence. Students also will expand their vocabularies and use new words in their stories, reports, and essays. To meet these literacy goals, students must devote significant attention to precise details in their reading and when writing.
The skills and understanding that your child will gain during 6th grade are among the most important foundations for college and career readiness. These include working with ratios and rates and working with variables and variable expressions — the building blocks of algebra. Many of this year’s topics will remain a major emphasis throughout the middle school years and into high school. The National PTA Guide also includes ideas for activities to help your child learn at home and topics of discussion for taking to your child’s teacher about his or her academic progress.
Vision i5 Common Core Academic Standards
Cincinnati Public Schools is launching the new standards under a campaign called, "Vision i5 — Imagine, Illuminate, Innovate, Invest and Inspire."
- Cincinnati Public Schools’ Vision i5 Common Core Academic Standards
- Language Arts PDF — Grades 6-8
- Mathematics PDF — Grade 6
- Social Studies PDF — Grades 5-7
- Ohio’s Implementation of the Common Core Standards
- Ohio's State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
- Be a Learning Hero includes resources developed to support your child’s learning in Math and English language arts at home. Parents can search by state, grade, subject and type and access resources to support children outside of the classroom.