The purpose of these essential standards is to provide educators with a prioritized list of standards to focus on during COVID-19. While all standards have value, COVID-19 may limit instructional hours. The essential standards are intended to help teachers identify which standards to focus on. While these are the essential standards, if there is more instructional time, the recommendation is to extend the instructional focus to all standards. These are resources and examples meant to guide local and individual teacher decisions on prioritizing instructional time throughout the pandemic.