Integrity - Service - Merit
Standards, Assessment Beliefs and Learning Principles all support the Understanding by Design unit writing framework used for structuring the curriculum here at ISM. We begin with the overarching Standards – these are transferable and lasting big ideas that can span months or even years of study in the subject and may spiral and be revisited during the learner’s journey at ISM.
In Social Studies, the standard of “Students will understand that both physical and human geography influence people and places over time,” is a big idea that can be discussed in Elementary, Middle, and High School Social Studies lessons. Or the Mathematics standard for measurement of “Students will find appropriate measurements using a variety of tools,” can be useful every year in school as students explore the various ways to measure quantities.
You can view each of the department’s standards by clicking on the subjects on the main menu or by visiting ISM’s Public Atlas site.
Next, teachers plan the major Assessment tasks that will measure how well the students have understood the chosen standards. Below are our eight core beliefs about assessment. Following these beliefs about effective assessment ensures that students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways.
1. Effective assessment improves student learning.
2. Effective assessment recognizes learning differences.
3. Effective assessment measures what is truly valued.
4. Effective assessment is valid.
5. Effective assessment is fair and ethical.
6. Effective assessment is efficient and feasible.
7. Effective assessment promotes learner self-reliance.
8. Effective assessment is authentic and contextual.
The Key Learning Principles help to focus teachers on planning quality learning experiences centered around the following ten core principles of how quality learning happens. These principles have been adapted from the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins in their 2010 edition of Schooling by Design.