Teaching & Learning at AOS 93

Proficiency-Based Teaching and Learning in AOS 93

October 18, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians of K-8 Students,

In striving to provide a rigorous, student-centered, and engaging learning experience for every student, our five schools are working together to revise the manner in which we report on student progress.

For several years, teachers have used curriculum standards to identify what every child should know and be able to do in each subject area and grade level. Teachers have been using these “priority standards” to guide their instruction and assessment of student learning. They work with their students on a daily basis using these priority standards, which are detailed, specific standards for students’ essential learning in each content area.

This year we have adopted a new trimester reporting format for all five schools. Using a limited number of overarching Parent Standards (the standards we report to parents), we will report to families on these major standards in each of the content areas. Our newly adopted standards-based reporting system describes where each student is in relation to the standard and what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level in Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Fine and Performing Arts, and Physical Education.

We firmly believe that the standards-based report card is a significantly more effective tool for communicating student growth within the grade level learning standards. Instead of a single grade in each content area at the end of each trimester, parents and students will be able to see more specific information about how a student is progressing in several standards within each content area.

In addition to this new academic reporting system, we will now provide information in the Habits of Work section. Included in this section are reports on each student’s engagement, responsibility, and respect, behaviors that support students as they are learning new and challenging material as they interact with adults and peers. Our goal is to develop productive Habits of Work within all of our students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. We believe it is important for all students to learn the content of the curriculum and also to learn how to develop a critical, flexible, and thoughtful mindset while learning.

Standards-based reporting allows teachers the opportunity to clearly communicate with students and parents. In the coming months, we will make every effort to clearly communicate with you - continuing to provide information about standards based reporting at your child’s school, including frequently asked questions and additional background information, a description of proficiency levels, a sample report card, further detail on the content area standards included on the report card, and a list of additional resources for parents and guardians. Please feel free to contact your child’s school or get in touch with me at 563-3044, extension 103 or at ahassett@aos93.org if you have questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Ann Hassett

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
767 Main Street 
Damariscotta, ME 04543


Bridges Math K-4 - Helpful information and resources for families. 
The term curriculum is often used to describe only the goals, objectives, or plans, something distinct from the “means” of methods, materials, and assessment. In AOS 93, the curriculum includes these four basic components:
  • Goals: what we want students to learn;
  • Methods: highly effective instructional methods and teaching strategies used to support student learning;
  • Materials: the media, materials and tools used for teaching and learning;
  • Assessment: the methods of measuring student progress towards the learning goals.

Link to our curriculum work.

CURRICULUM by Grade Level

Writing Rubric
 Math K
Social Studies K
Science K
ELA  1
Writing Rubric
 Math 1
Social Studies 1
 Science 1
Writing Rubric
 Math 2
Social Studies 2
 Science 2
Writing Rubric
 Math 3
Social Studies 3
 Science 3
Writing Rubric
 Math 4
 Social Studies 4
 Science 4
Writing Rubric
 Math 5
Social Studies 5
Science 5
Writing Rubric
 Math 6
Social Studies 6
Science 6
Writing Rubric
Math 7
Social Studies7
 Science 7
 8ELA 8
Writing Rubric
Math 8
Social Studies 8
 Science 8

For proficiency-based systems to be effective, learning progress needs to be monitored and reported separately from behavior. Student work habits, behaviors, and character traits are essential to academic success, but averaging together behaviors and learning can obscure academic progress and achievement, making it much harder to determine what students are excelling at or struggling with. 

AOS 93 has developed a set of “habits of work standards” that teachers evaluate using a consistent set of scoring guidelines. Habits Of Work grades or performance levels appear alongside academic grades on progress reports and end-of-term report cards.


2018-19 MEA Information
Important Links
Measured Progress WordPress site with sample test items

2018-19 K-8 Assessment Calendars are available

AOS 93 Professional Development Days
August 27, 2018 - morning district, afternoon building
August 28, 2018 - building day
October 5, 2018 - district day
March 14, 2019 - building day
March 15, 2019 - district day