MUSD 7-12th Grade Curriculum
The AZ math standards are supported by the implementation of our MUSD Understanding by Design Units. This curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understanding students need to support transferable mathematical skills. This focus is in direct alignment with the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. The Mathematical Practices highlight the applied nature of math and clarify the expectations held for the use of mathematics in and outside of the classroom.
Our ELA curriculum is guided by state standards, which are grouped into Reading Standards for Literature, Reading Standards for Informational text, Writing Standards, Speaking and Listening, and Language Standards. MUSD emphasizes strong foundations in critical reading, writing, thinking practice, and skill development. We have organized standards in a progression that honors student learning, focuses on relevant understandings, and provides rigorous assessment.
The Arizona Department of Education states that “The Arizona History and Social Science Standards are premised upon a rigorous and relevant K-12 social studies program within each district and school in the state. Engaging students in the pursuit of active, informed citizenship will require a broad range of understandings and skills including:
- Think analytically
- Read widely and critically
- Communicate cogently and in a compelling manner”
MUSD has mapped the Arizona state standards in order to create the framework of each high school social studies course in order to teach to the learning goals established by the state.
MUSD has created aligned course offerings in middle and high school. These courses are founded on the statement from The Arizona Department of Education that explains: “The Arizona Science Standards focus on thirteen core ideas in science and engineering, adapted from Working with Big Ideas of Science Education. The ten core ideas for Knowing Science center on understanding the causes of phenomena in physical, earth and space, and life science. The three core ideas for Using Science connect scientific principles, theories, and models; engineering and technological applications; and societal implications to the content knowledge to support that understanding. The complexity of each core idea develops as students’ progress through each grade band.”