Core Knowledge, K-6:
All material is taught in sequence, so that each unit of study builds on the last unit.
The Core Knowledge curriculum is a sequenced curriculum. It builds from year to year, and students build their knowledge base and use that information each year. A parent can look at the curriculum for all elementary grades and see what their child will be taught years from now. They can also see how students will use later what they learn now.
For example, in fifth grade World History, study of the Renaissance builds on earlier studies of ancient Greece (second grade), ancient Rome (third grade), and the Middle Ages (fourth grade). In Science, the basic concept of the atom, introduced in first grade, leads by fifth grade to an understanding of how atomic properties are organized in the Periodic Table.
All HEB ISD schools still teach the state curriculum and students take the state exams. The Core Knowledge curriculum adds to what we must teach all students.