Moving Everest Charter School will utilize Core Knowledge as the primary source for the curriculum in all core subject areas. Core Knowledge is a common core aligned, research-based curriculum that has been highly successful across the United States.

Core knowledge is guided by the theory that “knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn.”[1] Core Knowledge was developed to provide schools with a coherent, cumulative and content specific scope and sequence that ensures that students have the body of knowledge necessary for reading achievement and academic success. According to E.D. Hirsch, Jr., the founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation and author of several education-related books, “Specific subject-matter knowledge over a broad range of domains is the key to language comprehension – and, as a result to a broad ability to learn new things. It is the cornerstone of competence and adaptability in the modern world.” [2]

Cumulative and Sequential

Core Knowledge “provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade so that knowledge, language, and skills build cumulatively from year to year. This sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, it also helps prevent the repetitions and gaps that so often characterize current education….Core Knowledge sets high expectations for all children that are achievable thanks to the cumulative, sequential way that knowledge and skills build.” [3]

Several research studies have demonstrated that Core Knowledge has a significant positive effect on student outcomes. For example, an Oklahoma City study compared ITBS outcomes for students with similar demographics enrolled in schools that used the Core Knowledge curriculum (about 50% of the district schools) to their counterparts at district schools that were not using Core Knowledge. The study revealed that students receiving Core Knowledge scored significantly higher in reading comprehension, vocabulary, science, math concepts, and social studies. [4] Additionally, Core Knowledge has been successfully implemented in charter schools across the country with positive outcomes at several well-known schools including the Icahn Network of schools in New York City.

Foundational Literacy

We selected Core Knowledge because of its close alignment with our mission and vision. Core Knowledge takes the approach that all students need a foundation of knowledge and cultural literacy that puts them on a level playing field regardless of their socio-economic position. Through this foundation, Core Knowledge helps students to close the achievement gap and prepares them to succeed in high school and in college. To learn more about Core Knowledge, visit www.coreknowledge.org

[1] http://www.coreknowledge.org/sequence
[2] Hirsch, E.D. . "(Hirsch, American Educator Winter 2009-2010 p. 8." American Educator. 12 1999: 6-10. Print.
[3] http://www.coreknowledge.org/about-the-curriculum
[4] Taylor, Gracy, and George Kimball. Oklahoma City, OK. School District. Equity Effects of Core Knowledge. Oklahoma City, OK: , 2000. Print.