• Standard 3: Teaching and Learning

    The system provides research-based curriculum and instructional methods that facilitate achievement for all students.

    Quality School System Indicators

    In fulfillment of this standard, the system:
    Develops, articulates, and coordinates curriculum based on clearly-defined expectations for student learning, including essential knowledge and skills
    Establishes expectations and supports student engagement in the learning process, including opportunities for students to explore application of higher order thinking skills and investigate new approaches to applying their learning
    Ensures that system-wide curricular and instructional decisions are based on data and research at all levels
    Supports instruction that is research-based and reflective of best practice
    Supports a curriculum that challenges and meets the needs of each student, reflects a commitment to equity, and demonstrates an appreciation of diversity
    Allocates and protects instructional time to support student learning
    Maintains articulation among and between all levels of schooling to monitor student performance and ensure readiness for future schooling or employment
    Supports the implementation of interventions to help students meet expectations for student learning
    Maintains a system-wide climate that supports student learning
    Ensures that curriculum is reviewed and revised at regular intervals
    Coordinates and ensures ready access to instructional technology, information and media services, and materials needed for effective instruction

    Impact Statement

    A system is successful in meeting this standard when it implements a curriculum based on clear and measurable expectations for student learning that provides opportunities for all students to acquire requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The system ensures that teachers use proven instructional practices that actively engage students in the learning process; provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world situations;
    and give students feedback to improve their performance.