is a powerful tool for focusing instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
If all of our students were performing at high levels, alignment would
not be an issue. Since they are
not, then we know that alignment is extremely necessary.
Alignment is the degree to which expectations and assessments are in
agreement and serve in conjunction with one another to guide the system toward
students learning what is expected.
is equally important that both vertical and horizontal alignment take place.
Vertical alignment is usually the most difficult.
Because we want all schools going in the same direction, we have
defined vertical alignment as: “a
means of achieving the reinforcement and integration of crucial academic
skills for all students at each grade level in Franklin County Schools. “
putting vertical alignment in place, attention was paid to policy which
includes the framework, standards, etc.; the program that includes
instruction, and of course practice which is student outcomes.
The ultimate goal for this vertical alignment is to have a fully
functional system working toward students mastering and exceeding standard
course of study competencies at each grade level.
from each school, grade level and/or subject area have completed the vertical
alignment documents in math, science, social studies, and English/Language
Arts. What follows are their findings of specific skills needed at each grade
level to become proficient in what is taught from the North
Carolina Standard Course of Study. The
purpose of using this document throughout the school year is to increase the
opportunity for acceleration at all grade levels.
The goal is to have more students proficient at each grade level and
thus, more students prepared for higher level course offerings.
Please be aware of information as it pertains to your grade level and
students and its integration to the North
Carolina Standard Course of Study,
pacing and alignment, and your daily lesson plans.
Carter, Director of Title I and School Improvement
Dr. Elizabeth Keith, Director of Middle Schools
Monty Riggs, Director of Secondary Education