Focus Skills™ (2020)
Reverse the “COVID-19 Slide” by focusing on the most critical reading and math skills at every grade level.See the Focus Skills Research
Focus Skills are—simply put—the building blocks of student learning. Based on extensive research into how learning progresses in reading and mathematics, Focus Skills provide a roadmap for closing learning gaps as you move every student toward greater mastery.
Focus Skills are fundamental to student understanding, involving concepts that students must master in order to advance to the next step.
Because Focus Skills are prerequisites for future learning, focusing instruction on these skills provides the greatest return in terms of student growth.
Focus Skills are identified through a detailed study of your state’s standards of learning—and reflect your state’s grade-level expectations.
See the most difficult math skills for students to master, from grade 1 through Algebra 1.
Get expert tips for using Focus Skills to close COVID-19 learning gaps this school year.
Explore the most critical skills for Spanish reading, from pre-K through grade 12.
Click your state—or use the dropdown menu—to download full lists of Focus Skills.