District 58 aims to provide students with comprehensive learning opportunities to help each child learn and grow. The District designs learning experiences to meet children at their instructional level and to help children progress at a rate that supports and challenges them to reach high standards of achievement.
The curriculum is divided into a variety of instructional content areas
. District 58 supports student learning that promotes both high achievement and high growth. As such, learning experiences are not necessarily developed by grade level, but rather through the content area itself, recognizing that while some children are working toward grade level other children are working beyond grade level. District 58 teachers design lessons to meet each of these children and support their development.
District 58 uses assessments for a variety of purposes. Assessments are frequently used in a formative manner, one which is intended to support ongoing learning by the student. These assessments can take the form of standardized tests such as the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. They can also be publisher/teacher created, such as a chapter 2 math test from Math in Focus, project, exit slip or quiz.
Some assessments are also used in a summative manner, one which is intended to measure what a child has learned. Summative assessments are frequently used to rank children’s performance, such as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment or determine eligibility for entrance into a program, such as the District 58 Gifted Program.
District 58 believes that teachers should use a variety of assessments to identify students’ learning needs, define areas of instructional focus, and determine a student’s growth through the learning experience.
It is important that students and parents have access to consistent accurate information regarding a child’s present level of achievement. District 58 uses a standards-based report card to identify areas of progress that a child is demonstrating consistent with the Illinois Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards. In addition to this report card, the District also shares student progress on standardized assessment such as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP), and AIMSweb Assessment for eligible students. These assessments allow students and parents to identify children’s progress based upon district, state, and national standards and comparison groups.