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High Leverage Concepts

High Leverage Concepts (HLCs) are one of the trademarks of the All Learners Network. These are key understandings identified at each grade level, Pre-K to Grade 8. They help focus instruction by identifying the mathematical ideas at each grade level that will support success in the next grade.

The HLCs are deeply connected to multiple standards across every grade level from the Common Core State Standards. Special educators and interventionists find them especially helpful as they identify the most meaningful areas for focus during specialized instruction and intervention.  They are also helpful in planning instruction for students with misconceptions or incomplete understanding from previous grade levels, allowing educators to focus on the most essential concept from a previous grade level during intervention to close the gap toward the current grade level’s concept.

Additionally, our team has developed HLC Learning Progressions to help educators break down how students develop the overall high leverage concept for each grade level and across grade level bands.