Standards: The Louisiana State Student Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics were approved by BESE in March 2016. These standards outline end of year expectations for students at each grade level in an effort to prepare them for future success in college or careers. Other standards approved by state officials include Grade Level Expectations for Science and Social Studies, Early Childhood, Physical Education, and Music. Currently we are working towards developing technology standards and religion standards for each grade level.
Curriculum: An organized course of study prepares students to master the standards and achieve at high levels. Teachers on our campus develop their own pacing maps based on the state standards and available resources. The plan is carried out by teachers as closely as possible, yet allows for changes that may occur to fit the individual needs of students. Each year the curriculum maps are reviewed for modifications and refinement.
Instruction: Various instructional strategies and techniques may be used to execute the curriculum. Certain routines and practices are mutually agreed upon by teachers and administrators to help scaffold mastery of content and guarantee alignment across grade level clusters.
Assessment: Curriculum and instruction are monitored through assessment, both formally and informally. Commonly used assessments include school-wide benchmark, screening and diagnostic assessments in addition to progress monitoring and teacher made assessments. The annual standardized assessment used in third through eighth grade is ACT Aspire in the areas of Reading, English, Writing, Math and Science. Benchmark assessments in DIBELS reading and math are given three times a year for kindergarten through sixth grade.
Implementation: Weekly lesson plans are developed by teachers and submitted in RenWeb for review by the administrators and made available to students and parents. Professional learning communities engage teachers in discussions regarding the implementation of curriculum and classroom walkthroughs and observations monitor the effectiveness of teaching.