There has been an overhaul of the education system in the USA. Below is a brief explanation of various topics that have received a great deal of media attention.
Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) - This refers to teaching standards which are common across the county. This was done to ensure equal education for all regardless of where a child resides. There is an increase rigor expected in the subjects. This is to better prepare our children to be ready for college or a career when they graduate.
Modules- These are instructional materials prepared by the state so everyone has the same resources. The concern has been how to use the resources and the availability of the resources. At Clifton-Fine teachers are working hard to best implement these tools.
Data Driven Instruction- This is commonly referred to as DDI. The premise is using students’ test results to determine whether students have mastered a concept or if there is a need to reteach the concept. This is to ensure every student is prepared to tackle the next set of concepts.
State Assessments- This is a federally mandated set of exams. They are designed to determine how well the CCLS are being implemented and how well the teacher instructs.
Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) - This is the teachers’ job performance review. There are now added components based on state assessments results. There are three areas that determine a teacher’s score.
• Observation Results- derived from an administrator evaluating a teacher’s lesson.
• Achievement- this measures whether the student are proficient on their state exams. In other words, do they know it?
• Growth- this measures how much progress the students have made from their previous year’s testing results.
Please be assured, teachers and administrators at Clifton-Fine continually attend professional development to ensure your child receives the best education possible.If you have any questions regarding these topics or others concerning your children, please come in to see me.