D128 Students Poised to Meet New Standards
Community High School District 128 takes pride in providing quality educational opportunities for all students, as reflected in the district’s mission statement. Each school’s course offerings are designed to provide a comprehensive and challenging curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. Courses are aligned to standards, including Common Core State Standards, Illinois Learning Standards, and research-based disciplinary and local standards.
District 128 professional learning communities (PLCs) are comprised of course-based teams of teachers who collaborate to support continuous improvement in the design and implementation of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and feedback. PLCs meet during Wednesday late starts throughout the school year. As D128 fully implements Common Core State Standards, PLCs will focus on incorporating literacy standards across disciplines, emphasizing the mathematical practices articulated in the standards, and/or designing standards-based assessments aligned to frameworks of new assessments the State of Illinois will implement in the 2014-15 school year.
Illinois State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Christopher Koch, recently shared a fact sheet explaining the background and current status of Illinois adoption of Common Core State Standards. Illinois is a member of the assessment development consortium named the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The Illinois State Board of Education released additional information related to PARCC assessment development and changes in State assessment practices.
“Our students engage in relevant, academically challenging classroom experiences. Teachers encourage them to think critically and solve real-world problems. We are confident that D128 students are well-prepared to face the challenges of rigorous standards and next generation assessments,” said District Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Rita Fischer. As a feature of the PLC continual improvement process, ongoing updates to departmental standards and learning target documents will be posted to the curriculum page on the district website.