Academic Standards are goals that outline what a student should know and be able to do in each grade/subject. The School District of Janesville Board of Education recently reaffirmed its adoption of the Wisconsin Academic Standards (including English Language Arts, Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.) with a few variations for the 2017-18 school year and beyond in the areas of Science, World Languages, and English Language Development (for English language learners).
To see the full scope of standards set out by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, visit: http://dpi.wi.gov/standards.
For the subject areas of Science, English Language Development (for English language learners) and World Language Development, the Board of Education adopted variations of these standards that are more rigorous and applicable to the needs and learning environments of our students in the School District of Janesville. The variations are described in the following paragraphs.
The School District of Janesville has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Every NGSS standard has three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas (content), scientific and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts. Currently, most state and district standards express science education from these dimensions as separate entities, leading to their separation in both instruction and assessment. The NGSS standards are designed to be taught in context and through integration of other concepts so that the application reflects how science and engineering is practiced in the real world.
To learn more about NGSS please visit https://www.nextgenscience.org/get-to-know or view this short video:
English Language Development:
World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards have been adopted for our English Language Development (for our English language learners or ELL students). WIDA has a functional view of language. Language is one of many systems of meaning-making used in everyday life. Language is not learned absent of context (ie: learning environment, daily activity, community engagement). Rather, individuals learn the kinds of language needed for participation in the situations encountered. In a broad sense, WIDA’s interest is in understanding language use in school and the expansion of ELL students’ skills in making meaning for their lives from that language.
You can learn more about these standards WIDA at: https://www.wida.us/standards/eld.aspx.
World Language Development:
The School District of Janesville has a long standing program in World Language Development. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards closely reflects our learning philosophy. We believe that integration of language within context (as in English Language Development listed above) is the key to mastering a language.
The ACTFL standards use an integrated approach to languages in a frame work of goal areas - Communication, Culture, Connection, Connection, Comparison and Community. To learn more about the framework of the standards please visit https://www.actfl.org/publications/all/world-readiness-standards-learning-languages or you may watch the following summary video: