The past few summers we have made a concerted effort to improve our curriculum and classroom assessments to align with the more rigorous demands expected of our students required by the district and/or at the state level. We are pleased with the quality of the work and the progress we have made to date. We recognize that our students need to be prepared for college and/or a career. They will need to bring not only a Common Core foundation of knowledge, but new and innovative skills to the workplace. Our curriculum and the recent updates will help prepare our staff and students for these challenges.
Accompanying our curriculum is a program of professional development that promotes reflection and analysis for what we teach, how we teach and how we assess our students’ growth. Teachers are frequently meeting to share best practices in on-going professional groups before, during and/or after school. Our students are assessed at various checkpoints throughout the year. In addition, through the New York State Education Department we administer ELA and mathematics exams in grades 3-8. In 2013 the exams were recently updated and reflect the evaluations of the Common Core State Standards. We also administer exams either as required by NYSED or via a regionally created exam as listed below: