Creston Curriculum Newsletter

First Quarter: 2015-2016

Creston CSD Adopts Annual Progress Report Goals

Reading

During the 2015-16 school year, Creston Schools will improve the percent of 5th grade IEP students scoring proficient or above in reading comprehension from their grade 4 achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessment. Baseline: 35.7% (cohort groups will be compared).


Math

During the 2015-16 school year, Creston Schools will improve the percent of all 8th grade students scoring proficient or above in Mathematics from their grade 7 achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessment. Baseline: 71% (simple cohort groups will be compared).


Science

During the 2015-16 school year, Creston Schools will improve the percent of all 11th grade students scoring proficient or above in Science from their 10 grade achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessment. Baseline: 88.3% (simple cohort groups will be compared).

Learning Target Reminder

By January 2016, all teachers will post and explain daily Learning Targets / I Can statements.


What Is a Learning Target?

The most effective teaching and the most meaningful student learning happen when teachers design the right learning target for today’s lesson and use it along with their students to aim for and assess understanding.


A learning target describes, in language that students understand, the lesson-sized chunk of information, skills, and reasoning processes that students will come to know deeply and thoroughly.


How Does a Learning Target Differ from an Instructional Objective?

An instructional objective describes an intended outcome and the nature of evidence that will determine mastery of that outcome from a teacher’s point of view. It contains content outcomes, conditions, and criteria.


A learning target describes the intended lesson-sized learning outcome and the nature of evidence that will determine mastery of that outcome from a student’s point of view. It contains the immediate learning aims for today’s lesson.

I CAN statements as classroom objectives

Iowa Assessment Tests

Iowa Assessments will be given beginning November 9th. Please be sure to let students know why we give these important assessments!

SIAC Holds First Meeting

The School Improvement Advisory Committee met on September 8, 2015 to review Adequate Yearly Progress data and other school data. Parents, staff, and community members are welcome to attend our meetings. Our next meeting is November 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm in the board room. The SIAC agendas and minutes are posted on the school website.

TLC Grant Due October 16th

The TLC grant writing is in the final stages and will be submitted by October 16th. We will be notified sometime mid December.

The next steps for the TLC committee:
  • Develop job descriptions and post openings
  • Determine interview committee and interview procedures


*Additional information is located on the district TLC website

Special Education Teachers Join AEA Consortium to Improve Reading

Green Hills AEA Agency has made the commitment to partner with schools to close the achievement gap for students with IEPs. Teachers in grades 3-5 attended last year. The K-2 special education teachers started this fall. The teachers developed a 30 minute block which employs high impact, focus area skills in the areas of literacy.

MAP Data

MAP results are available - Please take time in your grade level/ subject level to analyze the data to find gaps in student learning. The Instructional Coaches and Mr. Teno are available to help you look at your reports.

Winter MAP Testing is Dec 3-18, 2015.

MAP assessment information is also available on the school website.

Smarter Balanced Assessments

Members of the State Board of Education voted to start the formal process of adopting a new state assessment to replace the current state tests in reading and math. The recommendation is to use the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Stay tuned for more information!

If you want more information or if you want to see a sample test, click on the link below.
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Iowa Core Learning Resources

Simplifying Text Complexity

High school teacher Sarah Brown Wessling unpacks the idea of text complexity and discusses how teachers can design tasks with text complexity in mind.

Analyzing and Adapting Text

High School English lesson about analyzing text, and a speech in particular. This is a 2 day lesson lesson where students analyze, adapt and deliver a choral reading of a speech.

My Favorite No: Learning From Mistakes

This middle school math class uses a quick warm-up to clarify certain math concepts and get students in the right frameworks for the lesson to come.

Show Your Cards Student Assessment

Using 3 different color cards, a teacher can quickly assess how well each student is understanding the concepts being taught.

Science and Innovation

Engineers from Boeing and a group of teachers teamed up to design problem-based units based on competitive science, math and literacy standards (grades 4-8).