How does the Standards Alignment App define the terms used to describe its features and functions?

Standards Alignment App users may encounter unfamiliar terminology throughout the app. This glossary identifies some of the most common terms used in the app.


An established relationship between a learning object and a standard. Aligned learning objects often require learners to practice, demonstrate, or show mastery of a skill or skills identified in the associated standard. Multiple standards may be aligned with one learning object, and multiple learning objects may be aligned with one standard.


A collection is a group of related learning objects that you may want to align together.


Crosswalks refer to standards that have an established relationship with other standards. These are used to predict possible alignments. Subject-matter experts identified the skills associated with the standards, and at a high level, two standards are crosswalked when they have one or more skills in common. This considers the author's intent as well as the context of the standard. Learn more about crosswalks.

Learning Object

A recorded item in the Standards Alignment App that represents a piece of learning content. Each learning object has a title, a description, and a unique identification number. Learning objects can be associated with multiple standards.

Within the Standards Alignment App, learning objects might consist of the following content item types:

  • Assessment items
  • Lesson plans
  • Online games
  • Websites
  • Books
  • Videos
  • Taxonomy nodes
  • Articles


An automatically generated list of learning objects or standards that may be related to a selected standard or learning object. The Standards Alignment App generates predictions using crosswalks.


Statements that describe a learner's skills and knowledge. They are also known as academic standards, content standards, curricula, learning standards, objectives, outcomes, and statements of learning. Standards are developed and published by state or other educational authorities and are outlined by subject and grade level.