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Elementary Standards Checklists

A common question I receive is, "What should my child know by the end of the year?" A lot of this depends on the curriculum you choose and your state's standards (or the test you choose to administer, unless you choose the evaluation route). There are many skills which educational professionals feel *should* be mastered at particular grade levels in order to continue progressing. Does this mean if your child does NOT master everything on my checklist they are doomed? No. This is a guide. This is meant to be helpful not stressful. I should also note every curriculum has gaps or covers a topic or two earlier or later when compared to another curriculum. This is okay. It is also okay to supplement using more than one curriculum, games, printables, or other learning tools.

One last note (promise), always take pride in your child's progress. No matter how big or small, progress is progress! Celebrate each victory! Make learning a fun experience for you both! If your child is struggling with a particular skill, circle back, find a new resource, or wait a bit before approaching again. All children do not hit benchmarks at the same time.

** If you run across an item on the checklist with an asterisk* it is one I have added, as I feel most homeschool curriculums cover it and it is developmentally appropriate.

First up, preschool! If you have a four year old this assessment is for you. Children younger than four may be able to reach these goals. This assessment does not focus on writing, as it is not typically developmentally appropriate for this age. If you child is able to hold a pencil correctly and write, wonderful! If not, do NOT sweat it. I repeat do NOT sweat it. It is better to focus on fine motor skills through play (think sensory bins, play-doh, kinetic sand, grippers, grabbers, coloring, painting, scissor use). You can find this free download here!

kindergarten end of year goals asessment
kindergarten end of year goals asessment

Kindergarten can be stressful for parents. Reading skills begin to develop, math becomes more "complicated" and there seems to be a laundry list of skills to check off. I have those skills in a checklist for you, but I went a step further. I included an actual assessment to use.

This could be used multiple times a year to assess progress or as an end of year assessment. Please do NOT try to assess a child in one setting, or even two. Break it up and make it fun! You do not want assessments to be riddled with pressure, stress, and anxiety. Check out the video below or just grab it for free here!

Okay, you've made it through preschool and kindergarten! Now it is on to first grade. The great thing about a new school year, is that you are just building on the great foundation you've put in place! So shake the nerves and check out the first grade checklist. Language arts may look cumbersome, but you are really just expanding upon their already established phonics skills, helping them to comprehend what they are reading, and fine tuning those beginning writing skills (that is a basic overview). Grab your FREE download here!

first grade goals assessment
first grade goals assessment

first grade goals assessment
first grade goals assessment

Ready for the other checklists? See below for 2nd - 5th grade!

Updated to add second grade! Click here to grab it!

second grade assessment checklist
Download PDF • 151KB

Third Grade Assessment Checklist

third grade assessment checklist
Download PDF • 98KB

Fourth Grade Assessment Checklist

fourth grade assessment checklist
Download PDF • 186KB

Fifth Grade Assessment Checklist

fifth grade assessment checklist
Download PDF • 201KB

Disclaimer: **Please note I have based these checklists on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) standards. I am basing my checklists on the 2016 math standards, not the 2023 standards. Some items were deleted or moved to other grade levels during this time. I did not feel the need to update my checklists, after conferring with several math education professors and specialists. I do hold the bar high.


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