Kathleen Poe, Ed.D.
The Kenston Local Schools curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Physical Education and Library/Media. All other content area curriculum, such as Health and Family and Consumer Science are aligned with national standards.
The curriculum is articulated from kindergarten to twelfth grade in the core content areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies. Other K-12 content areas include Health, Music, Art, and Physical Education.
Kenston teachers develop the curriculum using research-based instructional practice. In order to meet student needs, the curriculum is differentiated both within classrooms and across grade levels at the elementary level, within teams at the middle school level, and within departments at the high school level. Intervention specialists for exceptional children collaborate with classroom teachers to provide specialized instruction for students across the spectrum, from those needing additional individualized support to those needing enrichment.
Why do Schools give State Tests?
There are other diagnostic and summative assessment activities that teachers expertly use throughout a school year to measure and monitor student progress in a standards-based curriculum, as well as a tool to guide their instruction. The state tests, however, provide different, yet important information to a teacher, school or district. The data provided through State Assessments allows for consistent annual measurements of success, comparison with surrounding schools and districts and overall strengths and weakness for instructional improvement and school accountability.