Curriculum Standards & Resources
At ASB, our academic curriculum is supported by a range of robust, research-based standards and curricular resources in the areas of Literacy, Technology and Physical Education, to ensure that our students benefit from the latest pedagogical developments in these fields.
Placing a high value on Literacy, ASB has adopted the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) as our key curricular resource for literacy instruction. TCRWP has developed state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading and writing, for using performance assessments and learning progressions to accelerate progress, and for literacy-rich content-area instruction.
Computer science and the technologies it enables rest at the heart of our economy and the way we live our lives. To be well-educated citizens in a computing-intensive world and to be prepared for careers in the 21st century, our students must have a clear understanding of the principles and practices of computer science.
To this end, ASB’s technology program is based on standards provided by the US based Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). The CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards delineate a core set of learning objectives designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K–12 level. The curriculum:
- Introduces the fundamental concepts of computer science to all students, beginning at the elementary school level.
- Presents computer science at the secondary school level in a way that can fulfill a computer science, math, or science graduation credit.
- Encourages interested students to study facets of computer science in more depth and prepare them for entry into the work force or college.
- Increase the availability of rigorous computer science for all students, especially those who are members of underrepresented groups.
VISUAL ARTS & MUSIC
ASB’s Visual Arts and Music Program is based on the US National Core Arts Standards (NCAS), crafted to guide arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment in America’s schools. Toward that end, they emphasize the process-oriented nature of the arts and arts learning that guide the continuous and systematic operations of instructional improvement by:
- Defining artistic literacy through a set of overarching Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals that clarify long-term expectations for arts learning.
- Placing Artistic Processes and Anchor Standards at the forefront of the work.
- Identifying Creative Practices as the bridge for the application of the Artistic Processes across all learning.
- Specifying Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions that provide conceptual through lines and articulate value and meaning within and across the arts discipline.
- Providing Model Cornerstone Assessments of student learning aligned to the Artistic Processes
ASB's Physical Education program is based on the standards established by Shape America or the Society of Health and Physical Educators, the largest society of health and physical education professionals in the United States.
SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education©* define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program.
Standard 1: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
Standard 2: The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5: The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
*National Standards for K-12 Physical Education Copyright 2013, SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191, www.shapeamerica.org. All rights reserved.