South Washington County Schools

Standards Based Instruction

Standards-Based Instruction

For the past few school years, SoWashCo leadership has been studying and researching the implementation of Standards-Based Instruction (SBI).

SBI is commonly defined as a skill or concept that students are expected to know following instruction with assessments aligned to demonstrate what students know and have learned.  The purpose of SBI is to clearly communicate what each student knows and is able to do according to the standards.  SBI provides a truly personalized view of progress for each learner.

During the 2016-2017 school year, SoWashCo introduced Standards-Based Instruction in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms.  With this introduction, families received a progress report that provided information based on assessments and observations made throughout the year.  The progress reports were an exciting addition to our district.  For the 2017-2018 school year, SoWashCo is introducing Standards-Based Instruction in our First and Second grade classrooms.  

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First grade and Second grade families will be given the progress reports three times a year, once during fall conferences, once during winter conferences and at the end of the school year (via mail).

The video below can help families learn more about the introduction of new progress reports and how they are being used in SoWashCo.  Additionally, the parent documents linked below will help families understand how to read the new documents.

As we look toward implementation in other grade levels in the future, we know this work will take multiple years and we will take a multifaceted approach to understanding how SBI would impact students, classrooms and the 833 community.

As plans are developed, stakeholder groups will see a long-term strategy for development and implementation of SBI through the Strategic Plan.

2017-2018 Video for PreK-2nd Grade Families

Letter to Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade Families - September 2017

2016-2017 Video for PreK-Kindergarten Families