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And now, Girl Scout badges aligned to Common Core standards

There’s nothing in this school reform era, it seems, that can’t be aligned with school content standards — even Girl Scout badges. It turns out, according to the Girl Scout Web site, that the “content” of every single Girl Scout national proficiency badge and journey has been correlated by grade level to a whole series of standards for every state plus the District of Columbia.

Which standards? They include the 21st Century Skills standards, financial literacy standards and the Common Core State Standards, too.

You can check it out here, where there is a search function that shows you each standard correlated to every badge and journey by grade level and Girl Scout level. It starts with K-1, Girl Scout Daisies, and continues on up through Grade 2-3, Brownies; Grades 4-5, Juniors; Grades 6-8, Cadettes; Grades 9-10, Seniors; and Grades 11-12, Ambassadors.

The Web site says:

The Common Core Standards, developed and approved in 2010 by a bipartisan group of governors and educators, provide a shared framework for learning and teaching objectives specifically for English Language Arts and Mathematics for most US students. The 21st Century Skills standards focus on blending subject-skills with life and career skills; information, media, and technology skills; and other key skills necessary to develop multidimensional abilities to succeed in the new century. Financial Literacy standards correlate to national personal finance education.

If you select Girl Scout Badges, Brownies Level, and  Common Core Standards, the Web site gives this summary:

BROWNIE: Legacy Badges

Summary: As a Brownie, girls can earn seven Legacy badges: Painting, Fair Play, Celebrating Community, Snacks, Brownie First Aid, Brownie Girl Scout Way, and Bugs. The following Standards are applied when girls earn these badges:

Then it lists the standards that apply to the badges. For example:

STANDARD L.2.6. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).

Switch over to Brownies, Journey 1: It’s Your World – Change It!, and 21st Century Skills Framework, and you get this:


BROWNIE QUEST This Brownie Quest has second- and third-graders traveling along two colorful trails, one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group. Along the Quest, Girl Scout Brownies will meet three new friends and a bright shining elf in a brand-new Brownie story meant to inspire their own Take Action projects.

An example of an aligned standard:

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS 1.1.2. Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts

Next up: Girl Scouts will have to take tests to check their proficiency in the standards.

Just kidding. I think.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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