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Focus Skills | Renaissance Focus Skills | Renaissance

About Renaissance Focus Skills

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.

Critical

Focus Skills are fundamental to student understanding, involving concepts that students must master in order to advance to the next step.

Impactful

Because Focus Skills are prerequisites for future learning, focusing instruction on these skills provides the greatest return in terms of student growth.

Standards-based

Focus Skills are identified through a detailed study of your state’s standards of learning—and reflect your state’s grade-level expectations.

Using Renaissance Focus Skills

The videos below will help you get the most out of Renaissance Focus Skills.

For more about the development of Focus Skills, view this page.

2021 Focus Skills

Accelerated Learning Primer

Focus Skills by the numbers

The graph below shows the number of Focus Skills or domain groups by grade for the selected subject and state. For more information about a grade’s Focus Skills, hover the mouse over the grade’s bar and then click or tap the bar. You’ll then see a summary of the Focus Skills for the domain you clicked or tapped. To view detailed information about all the Focus Skills for the grade, click the View Details link in the pop-up.

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    Find the Focus Skills for your state

    Click your state—or use the dropdown menu—to access full lists of Focus Skills.

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    Focus Skills are also available for Spanish reading for pre-K to grade 12.

    Trip Steps for Mathematics

    If learning is a staircase, then all steps are not created equal. In math especially, some skills are extraordinarily difficult for students to master. We call these skills Trip Steps because they can cause a stumble in learning. See a list of Trip Steps, which span pre-K to Algebra 1.

    Trip Steps visualization