The Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department supports the district’s educational programming through the provision of resources and opportunities for personal and professional growth. At North Adams Public Schools we believe that all of our students become college and/or career ready by being proficient in multiple academic areas as well as supported in their social/emotional and behavioral health development.
Curriculum across the core academic content areas are aligned to the most current Massachusetts Frameworks issued through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Link to State Curriculum). Resources and materials are under a rotational examination for alignment to student learning expectations and reflect a blending of the content and skills knowledge required to be competitive through grade 12 and beyond.
In addition to content alignment, district educators work to continually develop opportunities for learning that is reflective of the expectations of engaged, productive 21st Century citizens. There is an ongoing need to explore rigor and relevance within daily practice and long-term outcomes and expectations for students.
The Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department includes resources for learning across a continuum of services including Literacy/Title I, English Language acquisition and development, instructional technology, Teaching to Learn science for grades K-5, 21st Century Out-of-School programs, professional development and mentoring, grant acquisition and management in support of student development, and data/assessment resources for teaching and learning.
Staff in the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department also maintain student and educator data in support of academic, social/emotional and behavioral health development. The staff are responsible for federal and state reporting, local data management, analysis and displays, and maintaining connections between data source providers and classrooms. The Department provides services to administration and teachers throughout the district that assist with the continuous improvement of schools, programs, resources, and individual practice.
The links to the right of this page provide further information on our staff and programs.