Presenting the YPGs and SPGs

Reinventing the urban school experience

AISD 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

Core Belief: All students will graduate college-, career-, and life-ready.

Commitment: Achieve excellence by delivering a high-quality education to every student

Strategy 1.1 We will individualize teaching and learning.

Key Action Step 1.1b Ensure that Austin ISD curriculum is aligned to the TEKS and is supported by a coherent and aligned assessment system.

Key Action Step 1.1d Include student and stakeholder voice through participatory curriculum design process.

Charge: To create streamlined curriculum documents that are aligned, applicable and approachable

TASA Curriculum Audit will be complete Spring 2016.

This report will inform immediately actionable work for curriculum writers Summer 2016.

Curriculum Writer Focus

How are things different?

The newly designed curriculum documents are clear, clean, and a one-stop shop.
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What we specifically changed....

There are some things that were removed:

  • Transfer
  • Enduring Understandings
  • Prerequisite knowledge
  • Recurring links to resources, advanced academics, and ELPS. These are located on the YPG only.
  • Interdisciplinary Notes

There are some things that were updated:

Yearly Planning Guide (YPG)
  • Information has a cleaner look for ease of use.
  • One-Stop-Shopping for all your planning needs
  • Exemplar Lessons are linked on the YPG with Literacy, Technology, or Whole Child integration.
  • Essential Questions are more focused.
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Student Performance Guide (SPG)
  • Information is laid out to make planning a breeze.
  • Assessments are linked at the top of the document.
  • Standards are formatted for unpacking.
  • Readiness and Supporting standards are clearly labeled.
  • Student expectations and outcomes are explicit.
  • Vocabulary is rooted in the standard.
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How will my staff learn about these new documents?

The Academics Team will have an online webinar available at

for principals and staff by the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

You have several options:

  1. Teachers may view before the end of the school year as individuals or as a team.
  2. Teachers may view over the summer.
  3. Principals may incorporate the webinar into staff development in August.

The flexibility of viewing is designed to meet the needs of all campuses.