Teaching and Learning
In Woodland Public Schools our primary focus is on student learning. Serving student learning means we must keep a
- What do we want our students to learn?
- How will we teach them?
- How will we know they learned?
- How will we respond to their learning?
What do we want our students to learn?
You may have heard about the common standards for student learning. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work, and life.
The standards provide
- Consistent learning expectations for all students.
- Clear standards that focus on understanding over memorization.
- Emphasis on the critical topics students
needto succeed after high school.
Do you have questions about these standards?
We hope you will find the resources below helpful.
Three Minute Video Explaining the Common Core Standards
Read the Common Core Standards
Common Core in the News
Below are some resources to help you navigate the pros, cons, myths, and facts regarding the common cores state standards.
Parent Road Maps
|English Language Arts Road Maps||Mathematics Road Maps
How will we teach them?
In Woodland Public Schools we will:
- Provide clear and intentional focus on subject matter, content and curriculum.
- Center our instruction on high expectations for all students.
- Demonstrate effective teaching practices.
- Foster and manage safe positive learning environments.
- Use multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning.
- Recognize individual student learning needs and develop strategies to address those needs.
- Communicate and collaborate with parents and the school community.
- Exhibit collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning.
To ensure we meet the commitments above we use
How will we know they learned?
Assessing student learning is an important component of the learning process.
Educators use students’ performance on multiple assessments/tests to make individualized
Woodland students participate in the following state tests
- Smarter Balanced: English language arts (ELA) and math tests for grades 3-11
- Measurements of Student Progress (MSP): Science test for grades 5 and 8
- End-of-Course (EOC) exams: Math and biology tests taken as students finish algebra 1/integrated math 1, geometry/integrated math 2, and biology
- Washington – Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM): ELA, math, and science alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Current High School Graduation Requirements
The state legislature passes laws that determine graduation requirements. Over the last several years we are dizzy with the seemingly constant changes to standards, assessments, and graduation requirements. With the passage of House
A student's expected year of graduation is four years after he or she enters the 9th grade. (For example, if a student enters 9th grade in the 2015-16 school year, he or she is in the Class of 2019.) State tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students take the WA-AIM only if it's documented in their IEP.
CLASSES OF 2014 THROUGH 2018:
Students in the classes of 2014 through 2018 will be given a chance to appeal if they haven’t yet earned a CAA but have met all other graduation requirements. Appeals may be initiated by the student, the student’s parent or guardian, or the student’s principal.
The local school district then, according to ESHB 2224, determines if the student has demonstrated the skills and knowledge needed to graduate from high school. If so, the district sends the appeal to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for final determination.
Ways to show necessary skills include but are not limited to:
Student Score Reports
The intent of state testing is to determine a student’s skills and
How will we respond to our students as learners?
We recognize that all students develop and learn differently. It is our goal to empower each student with the educational tools necessary to learn and succeed. The Special Services Department is committed to providing excellence in education for all students. Special Services supports Basic Life Skills Program (BLSP), Partners in Transition Program (PIT),
For further information please visit WSD Special Programs
Should you have any questions related to teaching and learning please contact our Director of Teaching and Learning