Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
In a Future Ready district, curriculum, instruction, and assessment are tightly aligned, redesigned to engage students in 21st Century, personalized, technology-enabled, deeper learning. Curricula and instruction are standards-aligned, research-based, and enriched through authentic, real-world problem-solving. Students and teachers have robust and adaptive tools to customize the learning, teaching, and assessment, ensuring that it is student-centered and emphasizing deep understanding of complex issues. Assessments are shifting to be online, embedded, and performance-based. Data and associated analysis serve as building blocks for learning that is personalized, individualized, and differentiated to ensure all learners succeed.
The elements that comprise this Gear are as follows:
• 21st Century Skills/Deeper Learning
• Personalized Learning
• Collaborative, Relevant, and Applied Learning
• Leveraging Technology
• Assessment—Analytics Inform Instruction
A foundation for each of these elements is the increased use of digital content, providing learners a range of high-quality media, accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. This provides all students many more opportunities to personalize learning, reflect on their own work, think critically, and engage frequently in deeper understanding of complex topics. This necessitates equitable access to devices and high-speed networks and broadband both at school and beyond, into the community and homes.