- Academic Achievement
South Butler County School District 2018 – 2021 Comprehensive Plan
The Academic Achievement Subcommittee focused on the curriculum, instruction, and assessments throughout the K-12 academic program.
Within the South Butler County School District, academic achievement is a result of organized curriculum, focused instructional strategies, formative assessments aligned to Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, and professional development that is driven by student achievement.
Curriculum maps are utilized at each grade level and academic discipline to best align with the unique learning challenges of each student within our school district. Academic standards are embedded within course curriculum maps, and formative assessments are utilized to determine efficacy of instruction. Tightly aligned curriculum maps are a focus of staff and administration. Staff members are also concerned with supporting students with problem-solving strategies, while addressing challenging social and community issues.
Formative and summative assessment procedures are in place to determine the strengths and needs of our curricular and instructional approach. If curriculum, instruction, and assessments are not properly addressing the needs of our students, our approach must be altered to assist students with meeting state and local requirements for success.
The South Butler County School District is committed to providing a high quality academic achievement program to all students. Academic Achievement has three primary areas of focus: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. By analyzing the strengths and challenges of the academic program throughout the school district, the academic subcommittee developed the following goals and action steps for consideration within the new Comprehensive Plan.
- Implement and develop a cohesive K-12 curriculum that reflects academic achievement and application of knowledge gained to prepare students to be competitive in a global environment.
- Create student career pathways in all career clusters (including vocational and technical careers) for all students that best address their interests and aptitudes.
- Develop a four year curriculum review cycle to propose revisions and alignment of the district curriculum including an annual analysis of elective courses measuring relevancy, competitiveness with other local school districts, and student interests.
- Evaluate lesson plans and student objectives annually to ensure student learning outcomes include critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and knowledge gained includes understanding and interpersonal skills.
- To provide instruction of course material and standards, utilizing various teaching techniques within the classroom to capitalize on each student’s individual learning style.
- Develop and incorporate teaching techniques and methods that will inspire and motivate students to reach their full potential, including professional development and exploration of utilizing instructional coaches.
- Integrate student collaboration and project based learning across all subjects in order for students to develop and strengthen teamwork skills for workplace readiness.
- Design and integrate differentiated instruction for students that focuses on the application of their knowledge, skills, and understanding so they can illustrate, analyze, apply, and synthesize information resulting in higher levels of thinking.
- To prepare all students to become Future Ready and to help all students learn, grow, and succeed in the classroom and beyond.
- Using the PA career and work standards, increase college and career awareness for all students and learned outcomes for students in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11 with preparation of a career portfolio for each student by the end of their junior year in high school.
- Annually improve the percentage of students on track for the Grade 3 reading readiness and the Grade 7 math readiness indicators (can use a local assessment or standardized assessment) using common expected outcomes and differentiated assessments.
- Develop local assessments to be used in classrooms that allow teachers and students opportunities to perform interventions, modify their efforts, re-learn objectives, and be re-assessed to demonstrate proficiency of a standard.