Curriculum and Instruction
"How well a school system works depends, in large part, on how well it aligns curriculum and assessment with standards throughout the district. In practical terms, this means that for students to succeed, they should be taught what they are expected to learn and assessed on what they are taught." - Rebecca Burns, Curriculum Mapping
The Louisiana Department of Education has initiated a program of Teacher Leaders to be located in each school. These are teachers who will work with their fellow faculty members to provide students with the best possible educational experiences. Teacher Leaders will lead and work closely with the faculties of their schools to engage in many processes and services, such as:
Provide instructional support and feedback for classroom teachers in curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Create Scope, Sequence, and Timelines for ELA, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and monitor the intended implementation of these curriculum documents
Assist teachers with the transition to implementation of the Common Core State Standards
Create Benchmark Assessments for ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies that are aligned to the LDE Standards, Benchmarks, and GLEs
Monitor student progress through the use of Achievement Series and EAGLE and provide assistance in analyzing the data for improved instruction and student achievement
Examine assessment data to determine areas of strength and weakness and create action plans to address weaknesses
Work with teachers to create Student Learning Targets (SLTs) in conjunction with the implementation of COMPASS
Facilitate high-quality staff development through the Math Science Partnership program
Additional Curriculum Resources
What are GLEs? - Louisiana's Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) identify what all students should know or be able to do by the end of each grade, from prekindergarten through grade 12 in math, English, science, and social studies.
CCSS - The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.
Comprehensive Curriculum - The Louisiana Transitional Comprehensive Curriculum is designed to assist with the transition from using GLEs to full implementation of the CCSS in English language arts and mathematics beginning the school year 2014-15.
Assessment Guides (iLEAP, LEAP, GEE, EOC) - provide an overview of Louisiana assessments
North Carolina Common Core Support Tools (Unpacking Standards) - This site is an instructional ToolKit designed to help pattern both instruction and assessments to the CCSS in both mathematics and ELA. CCSS objectives are described in terms of "What students should know and be able to do"
Literacy Strategies - a detailed description and examples of the 18 literacy strategies used across all content areas
Released Test Items - presents student work in four subject areas, which was completed as part of a LEAP 21 assessment.
Mathematics Assessment Project - Formative and summative mathematics assessment tools that are designed to support and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Louisiana Department of Education Testing Resource Center - information regarding LEAP, iLEAP, GEE, and End-of-Course tests
ACT Testing - A Student Site for ACT Test Takers
NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress The Louisiana Transitional Comprehensive Curriculum is designed to assist with the transition from using GLEs to full implementation of the CCSS in English language arts and mathematics beginning the school year 2014-15
Common Core State Standards Sample Items - The Department of Education has developed sample test questions for grades 3 through 11 that measure knowledge and skills identified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. These item sets contain various types of reading passages and a mixture of technology.enhanced items based on the CCSS that can help prepare students for College and Career Readiness.
Illustrative Mathematics -The Illustrative Mathematics website provides examples of the range and types of mathematical work that teachers and students in grades K - 12 will need for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.