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Curriculum & Instruction

Brooke Gessler
Director of Curriculum

The Curriculum & Instruction Department is responsible for developing and modifying the district's course of study, recommendation and purchase of textbooks, teacher certifications and professional development.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Ohio's Learning Standards

Parents' Guide to Student Success

Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Curriculum & Instruction Department Contact Information

 


Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, a new kindergarten readiness assessment will replace the KRA-L. The new assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s school readiness. Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the new assessment. It has six components: social skills (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning), mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development.

The period for the new kindergarten readiness assessment in school year 2014-2015 is the first day of school through Nov.1. All kindergarten children will take the assessment. The results of the assessment provide a starting point for each child and do not prohibit any child from entering kindergarten.

Also in the 2014-15 school year, the language and literacy portion of the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will meet the reading diagnostic assessment requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. To meet the diagnostic requirement, teachers must complete at least the Language and Literacy portion no later than Sept. 30. Teachers can conduct the other portions of the assessment any time during the assessment period.

All kindergarten teachers will receive training on new kindergarten readiness assessment administration, score reporting, and use of the assessment data beginning in the spring of 2014. Teacher trainings will be available through State Support Teams.  In addition, districts may choose to have one or more qualified district staff complete the Train-the-Trainer training that is necessary to become approved Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Trainers. Those trained district staff would then be able to deliver the teacher training to their staff.


Ohio's Learning Standards

Content standards are clearly defined statements of what all students, teachers, schools, and districts are expected to know and be able to do. In terms of knowledge and skills, content standards are the “what” of “what students should know and be able to do.” They indicate the ways of thinking, working, communicating, reasoning and investigating, and important and enduring ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas and knowledge essential to the discipline.

Our district's curriculum is aligned with Ohio's Learning Standards. With our standards-based grading, we report student performance against those standards to set clear learning targets for every student.

ODE Resource Page on Ohio's Learning Standards

PDF Information Sheet on Ohio's Learning Standards

Parents' Guide to Student Success on the National Parent Teacher Association Website - includes helpful information on how to support student learning under the Common Core State Standards.

 

Ohio's Learning Standards

English/Language Arts Content Standards

Math Content Standards

Science Academic Content Standards

Social Studies Academic Content Standards

Fine Arts Academic Content Standards

Technology Academic Content Standards


Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio's Third Grade Guarantee ensures that every struggling reader gets the support he or she needs to be able to learn and achieve.

 

How it Works

In kindergarten through grade three, schools will evaluate all children to determine if they are reading as well as they should be. If a child appears to be falling behind in reading, the school will immediately start a reading improvement plan.

Reading Improvement Plan - This plan will address each student's unique reading problems. Schools will monitor the plan to make sure the student's reading is improving.

Schools will work closely with parents to help create a remedy and for parents to be able to support the plan.
 

How it Helps

Studies on Florida's version of the Third Grade Guarantee show that students who remained in the third grade and received intensive reading instruction, improved dramatically in overall school performance in the years following.


Department Contact Information

Brooke Gessler, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
937-497-2210
brooke.gessler@sidneycityschools.org
On Twitter: @brooke_gessler

Deb Kaufman, Curriculum & Instruction Secretary
937-497-2210
deb.kaufman@sidneycityschools.org

Lindsay Geuy, Instructional Support Specialist
937-497-2210
lindsay.geuy@sidneycityschools.org

Jill Hanke, Instructional Support Specialist
937-497-2210
jill.hanke@sidneycityschools.org