Frequently Asked Questions
Aren't state assessments forcing teachers to teach to the test?
state assessments are based on critical thinking and reasoning skills.
This means that the assessments are testing students skills and the
ability to use those skills. Teaching to the test means that we are
teaching critical reading, writing and math skills. Our teachers value
those skills and believe that our students should be able to apply what
they have learned across a variety of settings.
What are Lexile Scales?
Lexile scale for reading provides a reading level for
non-fiction\fictional text. Students are assigned a lexile reading
level following assessment. Teachers utilize lexile scores to match
text difficulty to individual students.
What does integrated mean? What is an integrated curriculum?
curriculum is a curriculum that makes connections between subject
areas. For example, information technology skills such as using desktop
publishing software are taught in language arts classes, science,
social studies, etc. At the elementary level all science units also
integrate content reading skills, therefore science and language arts
are integrated. At the middle and high school level social studies and
English teachers will often work collaboratively to integrate topics
such as civil rights by integrating concepts. This means that students
will learn about civil rights while also reading literature, and primary
source documents from the period. Integrated curriculum helps our
students make connections between the disciplines therefore they deepen
their understanding of the concepts presented.
What is a pilot program?
or use new curriculum materials for a period of one to two years prior
to adopting them. For example, we traditionally pilot new literature
books with groups of students to determine if the materials would be an
appropriate match for our curriculum. Right now we are piloting math
curriculum programs in grades K through 5. We are constantly reviewing
and updating curriculum and therefore, reviewing and revising materials
we use to support the curriculum.
K-5 Standard Based Report Cards
Everything you Wanted to Know about Standards Based Report Cards
Parent Report Card Handbook
Letter to Parents/Guardians Regarding Rubrics
Grade K - 2 Report Card Rubrics
Grade 3 - 5 Report Card Rubrics
What is a PDS?
High School Programming Task Force Minutes - June 10, 2013
We are in the process of organizing parent learning opportunites for next year - see below - check back!
Parent Book Group
Parent Curriculum Coffees