Content Specific Middle School
Exit Standards

By the end of Grade 8 students will be able to:


  • Apply a variety of strategies to understand, explain, and evaluate material from print, non-print, and electronic sources to construct meaning.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms to describe, explain, persuade, and/or create meaning.
  • Engage in basic research activities using a variety of materials from print, non-print, and electronic sources.
  • Recognize the characteristics of the different literary genre.
  • Read and respond to material from print, non-print, and electronic sources for learning and pleasure


  • Solve open-ended problems using graphs, geometry, and symbols.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, and rational numbers.
  • Use statistical methods to describe, analyze, evaluate, and make decisions.
  • Describe patterns by using tables, graphs, and functional relationships.
  • Demonstrate an algebraic understanding of variables, expressions, and equations
  • Understand geometric concepts of lines, angles, figures, area, perimeter and volume.
  • Use ratio, proportion and percent to represent and describe mathematical relationships.


  • Communicate in a logical manner using written, verbal and portfolio methods.
  • Conduct scientific investigations that involve the scientific method while identifying and controlling variables in experiments.
  • Describe the major characteristics found in the kingdoms of living organisms.
  • Explain how nature and human activities have changed the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere.
  • Identify important relationships among issues related to science, math, and technology that affect society.
  • Describe the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in the Earth's ecosystems.
  • Identify interactions between matter and energy on Earth and in space.
  • Describe human body systems and how each contributes to the health of the individual


  • Describe the relationship between geography and history in terms of time and place and as a context for events.
  • Use a variety of research skills that pose, identify, and define geographic and historic issues, problems and questions.
  • Participate in persuading, compromising, debating and negotiating the resolution of current, historical, or geographical conflicts and differences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and economic events that transformed America in the 19th century.
  • Understand the basic concepts of economics.


  • Demonstrate the ability to manage financial resources to meet the goals of individuals and families across ones life span.
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, handle, and use food to meet nutrition and wellness needs of individuals and families across ones life span
  • Recognize the psychological, historical, and economic importance of clothing and demonstrate basic hand and machine sewing techniques through design ideas and visual presentations.


  • Use the basic vocabulary and grammar of the target language, formulate statements and opinions in the target language, and write developmentally appropriate compositions.
  • Understand and respond appropriately to instructions and questions in the target language.
  • Describe similarities and differences between their culture and lifestyle and the cultures and lifestyles studied.
  • Describe the various aspects of diversity in a multicultural community.
  • Read appropriate material and answer questions based on the reading.
  • Use correct spelling, accents, punctuation and capitalization in the target language.


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  • Demonstrate the skills needed to develop and explore a variety of critical instructional questions.
  • Evaluate the authenticity and relevance of information from a variety of sources, including print, non-print, and electronic and demonstrate knowledge of the ethical use of copyrighted materials.
  • Present findings in written and multimedia formats.
  • Create and implement simple Internet searches with guidance and prepare presentations for Intranet publication.
  • Give complete, standard bibliographic citations for all resources used.
  • Use the school network to access materials, to manipulate information, and to communicate.
  • Develop independent, creative, artistic approaches to self-expression.
  • Effectively utilize a variety of art methods, media and subjects to communicate ideas.
  • Exhibit basic skills in analyzing, evaluating, classifying and comparing artistic elements, work and genres.


  • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate applications of physical education techniques by combining a variety of movement and body activities.
  • Maintain personal records of moderate to vigorous physical activities.
  • Develop personal goals and strategies for the improvement of selected fitness components necessary for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Demonstrate supportive and inclusive behaviors when meeting the individual needs of peers in physical activity settings.


  • Describe the interrelationship of mental, emotional, social, and physical health during adolescence.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize health resources from home, school, and community that provide valid information to develop a personal health assessment that determines strengths and risks.
  • Determine how to effectively communicate information, ideas, feelings, and opinions about health related issues and understand the impact of peer influence on personal health.
  • Describe how changes in personal capabilities, priorities, and responsibilities influence personal health goals.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and its systems and how they affect the areas of production, communication, and transportation.
  • Recognize the scope of technology and evaluate the impact and consequences technology has on society, culture, and the environment.
  • Investigate ideas and develop research skills to address technology-related needs and problems and to design and construct technology-based products.
  • Apply science, mathematics, language arts, and technological concepts to solve real world problems.
  • Use technology resources, processes, and tools safely and effectively.
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of technology-based roles and careers including engineers, technologists, technicians, and craftspeople.