Where did the California Standards come from?
The development of the Common Core State Standards began in 2009 when state governors and commissioners of education came together to develop common, college-and-career ready standards in mathematics and English language arts. K-12 educators, higher level institution representatives, and other key experts worked to create these standards in order to define what every child should know and be able to do when they graduate from high school. Much input was gathered from the public throughout the entire development process. The final standards were published in June 2010. (www.corestandards.org)
What is the guiding ELA curriculum for WUSD?
WUSD relies on the expertise of its teachers to plan, prepare, and execute daily lessons in order to assure students meet their grade level standards by the time they promote to the next grade. Current curriculum that is used to guide teachers includes Treasures, Engage NY. A group of teachers representing each grade level K-12 worked during the 2016 spring semester to create WUSD’s Line of Sight for ELA, which identifies the Mastery Standards at each grade level. These mastery standards will be used throughout the 2016-17 school year in order to develop Units of Study aligned to 21st century learning expectations.
What is the guiding math curriculum for WUSD?
WUSD uses Eureka Math as its guiding math curriculum. Teachers have been trained in this curriculum and have ongoing support provided to them for effective implementation.
When will WUSD transition to the NGSS?
WUSD has developed a three year transition plan for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). TK-6th grade teachers are developing Integrated Units of Study during the 2016-17 school year that will use content from the NGSS and the Social Science Standards in order to teach the skills English language arts skills necessary to meet standard in ELA, Science, and Social Science. In the 7-12th grades, science teachers have been meeting with other science teachers across the county to learn the NGSS. During the 2016-17 school year, they will create the Science Line of Sight and align their curriculum pacing to the Mastery Standards they identify.