Teachers, administrators, and other interested parties can use these resources to access standards alignment information for PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway, PLTW Computer Science, PLTW Engineering, and PLTW Biomedical Science.
The PLTW Standards Alignment documents include all alignment information for each module, unit, or course. For the high school courses, users can choose whether they would like to view the standards alignment information organized by unit or by body of standards.
What alignments are available?
PLTW Launch modules, PLTW Gateway units, and PLTW Computer Science, PLTW Engineering, and PLTW Biomedical Science courses are aligned to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts and the Next Generation Science Standards. Specific PLTW courses are also aligned to other sets of standards, such as the National Health Science Standards and the Standards for Technological Literacy.
How is alignment defined?
Our definition for alignment:
Students complete a designated task(s) that demonstrates the outlined knowledge and/or skills of the specific standard or objective.
Who uses the PLTW Standards Alignment?
Anyone interested in knowing how specific standards are aligned to PLTW courses. This includes PLTW teachers, administrators, State Leaders, Affiliate Directors, those interested in learning more about PLTW programs, and other decision-makers connected to PLTW and education.
How can I access the standards alignment information for the course(s) I am teaching?
PLTW Standards Alignment documents are available for each course by submitting the form below or accessing the materials in the Ongoing Training course in the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS).
How can I ask questions or provide feedback?
Please send questions or feedback to the PLTW Solution Center.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Common Core State Standards Initiative website provides the Common Core Standards, justification for the standards, and several useful resources, including criteria, considerations, and key points. All resources are downloadable in PDF format. The website provides a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn while also providing the tools for parents and teachers to assist with learning, rigorous content, and application of knowledge through high-order skills.
Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) website provides a comprehensive description of the process of NGSS development. The Standards will address three dimensions, including Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. On the NGSS website, one can search the standards by topic or individual performance expectations. The website periodically provides public drafts of the Next Generation Science Standards and invites public feedback.
Standards for Technological Literacy
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) website provides access to the Standards for Technological Literacy (STL). STL identifies content necessary for K–12 students, including knowledge, abilities, and the capacity to apply both to the real world. STL articulates what needs to be taught in K–12 laboratory classrooms to enable all students to develop technological literacy.
National Health Science Standards
The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) website provides access to the National Health Science Standards. The National Health Science Standards provide a clear and consistent understanding of industry and postsecondary expectations for health science teachers and students. These standards are designed to provide the essential knowledge common across health professions to prepare and increase the number of students who are college and career ready. The NCHSE website also supplies instructional supplements and resource links.
The Computer Science Teachers Association Standards
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Standards website provides access to the Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards. The CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards delineate a core set of learning standards designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K-12 level. The standards articulate computer science content in five strands (computational thinking; collaboration; computer practice and programming; computer and communications devices; and community, global, and ethical impacts) that appear at all levels, K-12. The CSTA website also supplies additional resources and information.