We will be posting information for parents and teachers on a regular basis, including answers to frequently asked questions such as:

What is the district doing about remote learning during the covid 19 school closures?
MDIRSS schools have worked hard to send out technology devices and learning bags (K-4) and to set up Teacher Pages on all of the school websites linking to resources, lessons and activities. Middle and high school teachers have set up Google Classrooms for the classes they teach. The high school started on a remote learning schedule on March 25 and the K-8 schools will begin on March 30. We will be using Google Meets as our video meeting platform. Parents/students should be getting direct information on this from their school principal and teachers. For an overview of what we are doing, suggested schedules and technology use during this time, please see the letter at the top of this page. 

Is MDIRSS using the Common Core State Standards?

Yes. Maine has adopted the Common Core State Standards as its Maine standards, called the Maine Learning Results, for Math and English Language Arts. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a map to college and career readiness. MDIRSS has selected Foundation, Focus and Graduation Standards from the CCSS for Math and English Language Arts and the CCSS Literacy Anchor Standards for Science, Social Studies and Technical Subjects. This is local control at its best -- MDIRSS has adopted the CCSS because they describe a vision of education that supports students to read, write, problem solve and think critically in all content areas but has focused on those we feel are most critical to college and career readiness.

Has MDIRSS adopted the Next Generation Science Standards?

Yes. The Next Generation Science Standards provide a robust K-12 framework of science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts that are important in all areas of science and specific content standards related to earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, etc. MDIRSS teachers and science partners -- Acadia National Park, Jackson Laboratory, College of the Atlantic, MDIBL -- are exploring the standards and working to develop effective curricula that will support teaching and learning aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Again, we have selected specific standards as our Focus and Graduation Standards in grades 6-12 and aligned curriculum materials to selected units of study in K-5.

What is the difference between learning standards and learning progressions?

Learning Standards describe what we want students to know and be able to do. They are the goal that we have for all students. Learning Progressions describe the learning path to the standards and are tools to measure where students are in their learning and where they need to go next.

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