Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA)

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment are intricately linked pieces of every educational program. It is impossible to separate them but for the purposes of providing information to our teachers, parents, and community members it is sometimes helpful to look at them as separate pieces of the larger puzzle. Instruction refers to the tools that teachers use to deliver the curriculum. Teachers are always adding tools to their individual toolboxes through the Individual Professional Development Plans that all certified teachers must complete. In addition to the individual plans, the Pelham School District has goals and plans to increase our instructional effectiveness across the district. Some of these are described below. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Sarah Marandos.

The transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) requires teachers to not only teach new curricula but it also expects them to teach in a different way. In the past much of what was taught through the New Hampshire State Grade Level Expectations (GLE's) was broad and superficial, we would often refer to our curriculum as "a mile wide and an inch deep." The Common Core Standards are very much the opposite, asking teachers to teach a smaller number of higher-level standards in depth. This is a major shift in how we provide effective instruction to our students. A good example of this is in mathematics. In many ways, the CCSS expects teachers to teach math to students but also to teach them how to be mathematicians, to apply the math content at a higher level than has been expected before. Teachers are working together in their grade level teams and the vertical teams to better understand these expectations in Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment are intricately linked pieces of every educational program. It is impossible to separate them but for the purposes of providing information to our teachers, parents, and community members it is sometimes helpful to look at them as separate pieces of the larger puzzle. Assessment refers to how we measure if students know and are able to do what is outlined in our curriculum.

Local Formative and Summative Assessments

Our assessments fall broadly into two categories; formative and summative. These labels are based on how we use the assessment. A formative assessment is meant to inform our instruction; to guide the choices we make around how and what we need to teach in order to ensure learning continues. A summative assessment is often a summary or summation of learning; it is given at the end of a unit or course and allows the student to show what they know and are able to do. Our assessments make up the core of our reporting systems although not every assessment is graded. Many assessments are used by the teachers to evaluate both instructional effectiveness as well as student learning.

State Assessments

In addition to our locally designed assessments, we have state assessments that are powerful tools in helping us gauge both student progress and the effectiveness of our curriculum and instructional routines. The New Hampshire State Assessment System is administered in grades 3-8 for ELA and Math in Spring. This is part of the assessment program linked to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Additionally, students in grades 5, 8 and 11 participate in the NH-SAS in Science. Finally, eleventh graders take the SAT in March to fulfill their assessment requirements.

As we prepare to give the new State Assessment for the first time we will share information here. If you have any questions about the new assessment, please contact the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Sarah Marandos.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment are key components of the Pelham School District educational program. It is our goal to provide a well-articulated curriculum to all K-12 students in the Pelham schools and to ensure that all students who graduate from the Pelham School District are Career and College Ready. To accomplish this task we have numerous curriculum committees comprised of teachers and administrators that continually monitor, write and revise curriculum to ensure that our expectations at each grade level are appropriate and the delivery of the curriculum is effective.

The NH Assessment Portal is a valuable resource for information related to the new statewide annual assessment. You can access the portal through this link.

Sarah Marandos
Sarah Marandos
Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:30AM

 

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