Curriculum and Assessment

New York School for the Deaf is committed to providing a high quality, challenging, and rigorous education for our students.  The Common Core State Standards are the heart of our curriculum, and serve as a strong foundation for our educational programs.  Our curriculum is based on best-practice research and study in all subject areas. Each area of curriculum is routinely revised with the most current knowledge.

Curriculum Maps:
Our curriculum is a written, integrated K-12 curriculum that is relevant, rigorous, differentiated, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

A curriculum map is a road map created collaboratively by our teaching staff to guide students on a meaningful and purposeful educational journey. Students should know where they are going, why they are going there, and what is required of them in order to get there.

Although a variety of teaching and learning styles may result in teachers choosing to take different routes, the curriculum mapping process guides all students to the final destination—mastery and application of knowledge, skills, and understandings. Fridley schools use Atlas Rubicon to digitally store curriculum maps.

Since learning is an ongoing process, curriculum  maps are never considered “done”. Revisions are made continually and reflect the New York School for the Deaf’s commitment to preparing students for an ever-changing world.

Assessment:
We believe measurable and achievable student goals must guide teaching and learning. Data are used for continuous improvement in teaching and learning.

During the months of September and May, students in grades K – 12 will take Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) computerized tests called Measures of Academic ProgressTM (MAP). MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

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