WOODLAND PARK, NJ - At the Sept. 23 Board of Education meeting, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mrs. Triglia, Supervisor of Language Arts Mrs. Castrovinci, and Supervisor of Math Mrs. Calderon led a presentation called the “Math and English Language Arts Roadmap,” a look at where the district has been, is now and will be going in terms of math and language arts curriculum.
In beginning the assessment, looking at where the district was, curriculum changes were needed in all content areas, according to Mrs. Triglia. Resources were disjointed in each of the three schools. School based data analysis was minimal. Technology usage was limited to shared carts. And professional development was needed. The starting points included a whole curriculum audit, overview of math and ELA resources, and look at PARCC and NJSLA test scores.
Mrs. Calderon noted that the data was showing improvements, especially in third grade math and Algebra I. It also showed areas in need of improvement. Curriculum revisions were made, and truncated units of study were created to create a scaffolded standard alignment.
A cohesive pre-Algebra based curriculum was created and digital math programs were instituted. These programs provide online assessments and daily tracking of student progress.
The district worked on community outreach for math by posting all curriculum online, providing mobile apps for math support and math websites that offer insights to parents/guardians.
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Mrs. Castrovinci said that data and core analysis since 2014 showed growth in balanced literacy overall. Curriculum was looked at as a living document while being adjusted and continues to be so. New units of study were created and implemented as per the 2018-2019 QSAC requirements.
The district is currently in year three of a three-year partnership with the State Department of Education called Tiered Systems of Support. In the first year, a universal screening tools were implemented along with other diagnostics. In the second year, screening tool DIBELS 8th was implemented district-wide. Word study program Fundations was fully implemented for grades K-3 and Words Their Way for grades 4-5.
An increase of professional development occurred district-wide. Memorial School added a period 9 which allows for intervention time as well as enrichment. Standard based report cards were rolled out. In addition, the Edulastic and Flocabulary programs were implemented.
The district worked on community outreach for ELA by visiting giving presentations on raising readers at all three schools during Home & School Association meetings, implementing summer reading assignments for all students, taking part in the Libraries = Success program with the Alfred Baumann Library, as well as planning a spelling bee at Memorial School this year.
The presentation given at the board meeting will be available to be viewed online under the “Curriculum & Instruction” tab under “departments” at www.wpschools.org.