Curriculum and Instruction

CORE Academic Curriculum

Each subject of the core academic curriculum (reading, math, science, social studies) is aligned to the Michigan Curriculum Framework with focus on Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE's).  The curriculum is reviewed every five years through a district-wide committee process.  Recommendations are made to update and purchase needed textbooks and supplemental materials.  Professional development is provided in all four of the core academic areas to provide staff with the opportunity to improve instruction and student learning in each subject.  In addition, other non-core subject areas (such as fine arts, vocational, foreign language, health/physical education, technology) are reviewed on a similar rotation schedule.

Development and Use of Alternative Assessment Measures:

Capac Community Schools continues to develop and use various alternative assessment measures within the school district.

Various types of student assessments are used to:  

  • Determine the success of children in achieving the state's standards and benchmarks.
  • Provide information to teachers, parents and students on progress in meeting standards.
  • Assist in diagnosis, teaching and learning in ways that best enable children to meet the standards.
  • Determine what project/lesson revisions are necessary.

The types of assessment measures being utilized in our district, or under consideration by the district are:

  • Performance assessments
  • Student portfolios (including Michigan Literacy Performance Profile)
  • Michigan Student Test of Educational  Progress (M-STEP)
  • IDEA Oral and Reading Tests for English Language Learners
  • Teacher-developed and criterion referenced tests
  • Brigance (for cognitively-impaired students)
  • Education Performance (Scantron) Web-based Assessment program

Other indications used by the district (in addition to student assessments) for the above purposes include:

  • Graduation, dropout, and attendance rates
  • School-to-work transition
  • School-to-college transition
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