|Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment|
The Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment provides leadership and guidance with the continuous development and implementation of the Wrentham Public Schools' curriculum and evaluations. Dr. Beauchaine ensures the district's education objectives are aligned to federal and state frameworks as well as proven instructional practices. She is also the head of the following programs:
- English Language Learners
- Title I
- Teaching Mentors
If you have any questions regarding these programs at the Wrentham Public Schools, you can contact her at (508) 384-5430.
The Common Core State Standards are a set of internationally benchmarked K-12 educational standards to ensure every students' college and career readiness in English language arts and mathematics. These standards increase rigor in every school, and provide clarity and consistency for what all students need to know once they graduate from high school. To date, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoan Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Anchorage, AK School District have voluntarily adopted CCSS.
- From the National PTA website
Title I is a federal aid program for schools. The goal of Title I is to ensure a high quality education for every child by providing extra help to students who need it most. Title I money is distributed to districts and individual schools based on the numbers of low income families. Under Title I, schools must:
- Identify students most in need of educational assistance
- Set goals for improvement
- Measure student progress
- Develop programs that add to the regular classroom program
- Involve parents in the program
Our world has become a data-driven society and the education arena is not immune. Educators use a variety of data points to inform their instruction in two ways:
1. To help students learn
2. To improve their own instruction
Summative assessments, such as MCAS, provide parents and educators with a snapshot of what an individual student knows at the micro level up to where a district displays strengths and areas of improvement in comparison to other districts at the macro level. Therefore, districts can look for trends to determine causes for concerns, such as resources, professional development, and staffing.
Benchmark assessment systems, such as Renaissance Learning, provide parents, educators, and students targeted data about student performance on standards for a particular student, class, grade, or school. When administered multiple times in a given school year, this real time data informs educators as to what concepts and skills students have mastered, are ready to learn, and should be learned in the future. Therefore, educators may plan their differentiated instruction based on what students are ready to learn, as opposed to what comes next in a textbook. Additionally, benchmark assessments indicate how much growth students are making over time. This data helps educators determine if students need additional support or resources while learning.
Educators also use a variety of formative assessments throughout the year to gain even further, more discrete information. Formative assessments range from dip-sticking and exit tickets to chapter tests and performance based assessments. Formative assessments help educators learn where each student is at in the understanding of a concept, but is also a great way for educators to use that information to reflect on their own practice.
The Wrentham Public Schools believe in a multi-pronged approach to accountability: student assessment; communication; parent involvement; and professional development.
Wrentham students remain the center of all that is done in the schools and the Wrentham staff feels accountable to them, assuring that through a full curriculum, a robust array of special subjects and an enriching atmosphere they will excel on federal, state and teacher-developed assessments.
It is a core belief that through communication between home and school a culture of success will develop and grow.
All Wrentham teachers are highly qualified, highly trained and committed to keeping their skills on the cutting edge, ensuring student achievement in school and in life.