Aligned Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Literacy Framework Assessment Instruction Curriculum

The Orono Literacy Curriculum is built on the foundation of the Common Core State Standards. A scope and sequence articulates the progression within which the standards will be addressed in each grade level. Standards and benchmarks are organized across a continuum, so that learning targets intentionally build as students progress. This continuum outlines the skills and strategies that proceed and follow the standards within a grade level, so that teachers can personalize learning for students based on where they fall within the learning continuum. 

Orono implements a Balanced Literacy Framework as the research-based model for instruction. Within this framework teachers work with students in whole group, small group, and individual contexts in order to meet the varying needs of students through differentiated instruction. This model supports students through the gradual release of responsibility with the ultimate goal of independent application of the skills and strategies necessary to become successful readers, writers, communicators, and thinkers. The effectiveness of instructional strategies is measured by analyzing assessment data on individual students and groups of students within schools and across the district. 

In Orono, we effectively and efficiently use assessments to maximize student learning. These assessments help teachers identify students who are experiencing difficulties, monitor student progress, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and enrichments, and plan instruction to meet the needs of individual students. Our goal is to help all students achieve grade-level outcomes by the end of each year and to maximize and accelerate growth. As teacher teams in Professional Learning Communities, we gather information and use multiple data points to make decisions about grouping students for instruction and investigating what works well for individual students. District-wide assessment resources are used along with classroom common formative assessments to provide teachers with screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring measures to monitor and impact growth.