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In the key academic areas of English/Language Arts, History and Social Science, Mathematics, and Science and Technology, The Lawrence Public Schools Essential Learning Outcomes and Benchmarks provide a clear statement of skills and knowledge that each student must possess to be promoted to the next grade. The Benchmarks provide guideposts along the way to achieving each Essential Learning Outcome.

The Essential Learning Outcomes and Benchmarks form the basis of our expectations for student achievement. However, it takes the collaborative planning at the school level to breathe life into these words so that they affect the teaching and learning that goes on every day in classrooms.