What do we want our students to learn?
You may have heard about standards for student learning. Standards provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school. In Washington state our learning standards are developed through collaborative, public processes informed by educators, administrators, community members, parents and guardians, and stakeholder groups across the state and nation. Full descriptions of the standards in each subject area can be found below.
Parent Road Maps
Road maps help parents understand how to support their child in math and language arts. Each road map lets parents know what their child will learn, how to partner with the teacher, what skills and strategies students will use, and how to ensure learning continues outside of school.
|English Language Arts Road Maps||Mathematics Road Maps|
How will we teach them?
In Woodland Public Schools we will:
- Provide clear and intentional focus on subject matter, content and curriculum.
- Center our instruction on high expectations for all students.
- Demonstrate effective teaching practices.
- Foster and manage safe positive learning environments.
- Use multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning.
- Recognize individual student learning needs and develop strategies to address those needs.
- Communicate and collaborate with parents and the school community.
- Exhibit collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning.
To ensure we meet the commitments above we use research based effective instructional practices, referred to as our instructional framework. To learn what research says about each of these commitments you are welcome to review our instructional guide.
If you'd like to review the instructional materials we use in our classrooms please visit the links below.
How will we know they learned?
Assessing student learning is an important component of the learning process.
Educators use students’ performance on multiple assessments/tests to make individualized data-informed decisions. Data can be drawn from pre-assessments, which provide baseline information to plan and design instruction; formative assessments, which provide teachers with information to help reteach or adjust instruction to ensure all students learn; and summative assessments, which help teachers, departments, schools, and our district analyze student performance on a larger scale. We use all these forms of tests/assessments in Woodland schools. A schedule of our commonly used assessments organized by grade is available below.
Woodland students participate in the following state tests:
- Smarter Balanced: English language arts (ELA) and math tests for grades 3-11
- Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science: (WCAS) Science test for grades 5 and 8
- Washington – Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM): ELA, math, and science alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Current High School Graduation Requirements
The state legislature passes laws that determine graduation requirements. Over the last several years there have been numerous changes to standards, assessments, and graduation requirements. With the passage of House Bill 1599 students now have multiple pathways to meet graduation requirements. A student's expected year of graduation is four years after he or she enters the 9th grade. (For example, if a student enters 9th grade in the 2015-16 school year, he or she is in the Class of 2019.) State tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students take the WA-AIM only if it's documented in their IEP.
Student Score Reports
The intent of state testing is to determine a student’s skills and knowledge based our state learning standards in reading, writing, math, and science. The score on each test (see sample score reports) is a snapshot of a student’s performance. Overall academic performance, not just a student’s state testing scores, should always be taken into account.
How will we respond to our students as learners?
We recognize that all students develop and learn differently. It is our goal to empower each student with the educational tools necessary to learn and succeed. The Special Services Department is committed to providing excellence in education for all students. Special Services supports Basic Life Skills Program (BLSP), Partners in Transition Program (PIT), Center Based Learning Program (CBLP), English Language Learners (ELL), Highly Capable (Hi C), Learning Assistance Program (LAP) for Reading and Math, Occupational and Physical Therapy, School Nurse, School Psychologists, Special Education, Special Education Preschool, Speech and Language Services, and Title 1 Reading and Math.
For further information please visit WSD Special Programs
Should you have any questions related to teaching and learning please contact our Director of Teaching and Learning