Welcome Parents & Guardians
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment are the foundations for teaching and learning in District 167. District 167 curriculum continues to evolve as we increase the rigor and depth of learning for our students. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to take students to new levels of learning to ensure their success in the 21st Century and beyond. The CCSS depict what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level in various subject or content areas. Brookwood School District continues to explore our Language Arts and Math Curriculum to ensure alignment with the New Common Core State Standards.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are the newest development with National Common Core State Standards. As we are faced with new challenges, we will continue to evolve in order to prepare all students for College and Careers by bringing real-world 21st Century ideas into the classroom. More information about the NGSS can be found by opening the following hyper link: http://www.isbe.net/ngss/html/training.htm.
As we make data driven decisions about student learning, we need the most efficient methods and reliable data for obtaining critical information to drive teaching and learning in the classroom. We are currently implementing a new assessment plan to help students understand content and obtain the CCSS skills necessary for success. It is important to know the progress of every child throughout the school year and intervene as necessary. The plan is to assess only to meet the needs of individual students. We benchmark all students three times during the school year, and progress monitor the students who need more support to close their learning gaps. Progress monitoring (periodic assessments) is based on the individual needs of the students.
All staff members are provided on-going professional development opportunities to improve curriculum, instruction and assessment. District Curriculum Committees continue to meet to discuss the needs of teachers in District 167, and to provide consistent and on-going professional development to ensure vertical and horizontal alignment. By vertically aligning curriculum there is a clear connection or scope and sequence from one grade to the next. Horizontal alignment creates connections amongst grade-level classrooms. It is important for grade-level curriculum to be integrated and be consistent district-wide; from grade-level to grade-level and from school to school. Teachers will continue to have flexibility to tailor lessons to student interest and tailor learning to the needs of the students.
School Choice/SES Report
Dear Parents & Guardians
Brookwood School District 167 is committed to providing a high-quality educational program for your child. We are working hard to provide programs to help all students succeed in our school district. your child attends Longwood school which receives federal Title I funds. These funds provide help for your child to meet state achievement standards. In the 2012-2013 school year, the school did not meet the adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets. Your child’s school, Longwood, Brookwood Middle School and Brookwood Junior High School is in School Improvement which means the school has failed to make adequate yearly progress for 2 consecutive years or more in the same subject (Math, Reading, Science) but has been granted a “reverse” waiver which allows the school to offer Supplemental Education Services (SES) instead of Choice to students who meet the income guidelines. Our district’s 2013 report card and the most recent AYP status report for your school shows how your child’s school compares to other schools in our district and state. These reports are available on our web site at www.brookwood167.org. at your child’s school, and at the school district office. under “no child left behind” in order to make adequate yearly progress for the 2012/2013 school year 92.5% of the students in grades three and four had to meet or exceed state expectations on the ISAT in reading and mathematics.