The Belton School District offers a progressive educational environment that is intended to prepare our students for the competitive and ever-changing workforce. The District also strives to maintain a rigorous environment to differentiate learning for all students. In addition, the District expects to exceed the expectations of The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and prepare our students for an ever-changing global economy.
The 2017, curriculum leaders for the Belton School District were charged with facilitating the development of Power Standards for the entire district. The Power Standards prioritized the essential elements of the district’s curriculum and are assessed and evaluated throughout each year. This helped to streamline student learning and create clear learning targets for our students. Pacing guides were then developed for teachers, providing them access to timelines for teaching specific standards within provided time frames. This created a platform for the district to be able to continue the development of a rigorous curriculum.
The 2017 Curriculum Leaders led their grade level and subject area teams in adapting our curriculum to the Missouri Learning Standards that were revised in 2016. Since that time, the state has slowly released new assessments for the revised standards. Assessment data and teacher feedback after 3 years demonstrated a need to revisit the district's Power Standards in an effort to ensure vertical alignment within the curriculum. Simply put, vertical alignment is ensuring the skills being taught in one grade level or course are adequately preparing students to be successful in the next grade level or course.
Beginning in January 2020, with the content areas of math and science, vertical alignment teams were created. These content teams consisted of two teachers from every grade level, PreK-6, and representatives for the content area courses, grades 7-12. The team met as a PreK-12 group, allowing them to collaborate on what skills were being addressed in the grades/courses above and below. As this process evolved, it became evident the wording needed to be changed. The goal is to prioritize standards for instruction, not to eliminate standards. Priority Standards represent those standards with a high level of rigor through which all other standards (supporting standards) will be addressed. The Priority Standards are the more rigorous, comprehensive standards. Once the Priority Standards were identified from the vertical teams, Belton’s Department of School Improvement used state assessment data and input from experts from the field to finalize these standards.
The revised Priority Standards will help district teachers better focus on our instruction on the most important standards and most critical skills for each grade level and course.
As a result, pacing guides were also updated in Math and Science with the new Priority Standards. These guides are in a format easy to use and read in order for teachers to collaborate and make informed instructional decisions.
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