The Standards Support System initiative brings together in one place three key elements of a standards-based instructional support system: standards and supporting documents, curriculum, and professional development services.
The S³ Curriculum was developed so that any district, school, or classroom teacher has access to curriculum in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies that is aligned with the South Carolina standards.
The SC Standards Support System (S³) Curriculum was produced by the Office of Standards and Support in order to ensure all teachers have the resources to provide their students with high-quality standards-aligned curriculum in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The curriculum framework does not represent a comprehensive curriculum, but may be used as a foundation for curriculum development or as a supplement to an existing curriculum. The S3 Curriculum is available for elementary and middle school English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Also available are high school curricula in English language arts, biology, physical science, Elementary Algebra and U.S. History and Constitution.
The S³ Curricula for Mathematics and Science are available to download from this page. You may access the S³ Curriculum for other subject areas on the SC State Department of Education's website. The Standards Support System initiative is ongoing. The materials you download are a work in progress. Improvements and additions to the set of materials will be made as often as needed.
The S³ Curriculum meets the requirements of Marzano's "guaranteed and viable curriculum" which provides teachers with written curriculum materials that include a prioritized scope and sequence, an instructional planning guide that provides instructional resources, instructional strategies, and example assessments.
SCCMS and S²TEM Centers SC appreciate the contributions of the educators who developed the initial drafts of the S³ K-8 science lessons as submitted in 2009. Among these, as per the SC Department of Education, are:
Special thanks to the S²TEM Centers SC Science Specialists who along with Sherri Kennedy, Dr. Jeff Lee, Melanie Longtin, Linda Mika, Beth Moore, Brenda Black Morrison, Theresa Owens and Thomas Webster worked tirelessly to complete these lessons in 2010.
Dr. Ann McMahon served as the external evaluator for the iSTEM Innovation Pilot