What are High-Priority Learning Standards?

  • To prepare students for college, the workforce, and success in life, high-priority learning standards should be specified with the recognition that content, thinking, and skills go together so that students can apply their learning to new situations, to synthesize, solve problems, and create knowledge.

    High‐priority learning standards should be:

    • Reflective of current research in the area of college and career readiness (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, etc.)

    • Reflective of national and international standards

    • Inclusive of the essential core knowledge and processes of each discipline

    • Clear and rigorous

    • Manageable in number

    The Texas High Performance Schools Consortium has designed a process for determining high-priority learning standards that emphasize depth over breadth and empower students to learn, live, and earn in a global and digital environment and recommended both short- and long-term strategies for developing such standards.


  • “We have to prepare them to be agile, to be flexible, to be problem solvers, to embrace new things ... to analyze issues in front of them, those are the skills that are really important because we can’t teach them about something we don’t know.” — Nola Wellman, Eanes ISD