The State of Ohio has adopted the Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are more focused and rigorous, and are intended to provide scholars with the critical thinking skills that are necessary for college and career readiness. Information about the common core standards can also be found here.
The District has adopted a new math program, Bridges. Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive K–5 curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.
The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful. More information can be found here.
English Language Arts
In addition to the phonics program, your scholar will receive reading comprehension instruction from McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders. Wonders is designed to move scholars ahead in reading, providing core instruction, intervention supports, and English language development. Wonders and WonderWorks focus on the same Essential Question, vocabulary, skills, and strategies throughout a given week.
Scholars can practice literacy skills at home on the Wonders student website. Wonders offers practice activities that focus on high-frequency words, vocabulary, reading comprehension, fluency, and writing. The program even offers Adaptive Learning, which adjusts to your scholar’s individual reading level! The Wonders student website is accessible on a laptop or personal computer. You can get your scholar’s login and password information from his or her teacher.
i-Ready Instruction provides each student with a personalized instruction plan based on the results of i-Ready Diagnostic. The plan includes tailored online lessons, which become part of your scholars daily classroom instruction. This allows teachers to meet each scholar’s unique academic needs, while improving their computer skills. Because of the way i-Ready Diagnostic works as an adaptive assessment, teachers and parents can feel confident that each student’s instruction path is highly prescriptive and built uniquely to meet each student’s needs.
Scholars can log on here to complete lessons at home. The program can be accessed on a laptop or personal computer. Ask your scholar’s teacher for login and password information.
What is i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction?
i-Ready is a tool for delivering differentiated instruction. It combines an adaptive K–12 diagnostic and growth measure and individualized student instruction in a single product that helps teachers personalize instruction for every child.
i-Ready Diagnostic assesses students’ academic skills in math and reading, helping teachers design individualized instruction for them based on their unique needs.
i-Ready Diagnostic, which typically takes place three times a year, assesses skills across the math and reading domains aligned to college and career-readiness standards:
- Number and Operations
- Algebra and Algebraic Thinking
- Measurement and Data
- High-Frequency Words
- Comprehension: Literature
- Comprehension: Informational Text