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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment works to support and improve conditions for teaching and learning across the district!

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Westport educators are currently engaged in a comprehensive curriculum review and revision process in order to ensure that all Westport students receive a 21st century, standards-based education. This on-going process is informed by the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework, with a focus on cultivating deeper student learning and transfer of knowledge and skills through an intentional “backward design” process. Please see below for additional information regarding the UbD Framework:

https://files.ascd.org/staticfiles/ascd/pdf/siteASCD/publications/UbD_WhitePaper0312.pdf

As teachers throughout the district utilize the UbD framework to strengthen the written curriculum, the Office of Curriculum will work collaboratively with other instructional leaders to similarly improve the ways in which the curriculum is taught through innovative, evidence-based instructional strategies. All of these initiatives are supported by strategically-aligned professional development, intended to build the capacity of the district’s educators.

Grants Management

Several grants fall under the purview of the Office of Curriculum, including program-specific grants such as Project Lead the Way, in addition to the federal Entitlements (Titles I, II, IV). The Office of Curriculum will work to support the interests of teachers and district leaders when grant opportunities are identified.

Accountability

The Office of Curriculum also works with school and district leaders to ensure that the District is in compliance with important state and federal regulations, and also to ensure that the District maintains a strong reputation in the eyes of all stakeholders, from parents and families to DESE.


Parents and Families:

Learn about Massachusetts learning expectations by exploring the new Family Guides to the Standards, from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Family Guides cover some of the learning standards that every student will master in each grade and how families can help them achieve these learning goals! Guides include standards for English Language Arts, Math, and Science and Technology/Engineering.

Educators:

To access the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in their entirety, please visit Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website.