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Curriculum & Assessment

CURRICULUM: Riverview Charter School will meet, and exceed, SC State Standards To view "Family Friendly Standards" produced by the SC Education Oversight Committee, click here. http://www.parenttoolkit.com/ is a helpful site for parents that want a better grasp on State Common Core standards for individual grade levels.

ASSESSMENT: The RCS curriculum is designed to effectively align the South Carolina academic standards and our experiential learning philosophy. By committing to a small school with small class sizes, Riverview will set the stage for student achievement. Riverview will determine whether all students are achieving and attaining standards by using several types of assessments that include, but are not limited to:
Pre-testing: Pre-tests assist the teacher in identifying what students know and provide benchmark data.
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment: A research-based, nationally recognized tool used to assess the independent reading progress of each student on fiction and nonfiction texts through the elementary grades. For more info, visit Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): is an adaptive test that assesses students in math, reading, and writing for grades 2-8. MAP can be used as a diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment measure.
Student Self-Assessment: Students set goals and track progress with teacher assistance. They reflect on their learning experiences to become more meta-cognitively aware of their individual learning process.
Learning Profiles: A profile for each student will be created to determine what each child knows and how they learn best. It will be constructed based on a variety of research-based assessments such as learning style inventories, Measures of Academic Progress results, community and family reflections, student records, and teacher observations. It will allow teachers to assess and identify students' readiness, interests, and preparation to meet challenges that may lie ahead.
Evidence Based Rubrics: A tool developed by instructors, often with the help of students, to assess the performance of students. It lists the dimensions or tasks of the performance to be assessed, and the specific criteria used to evaluate each dimension. It is different from a simple checklist because it also describes gradations of quality for each dimension of the performance to be evaluated. By describing what each criterion looks like at various degrees of qualities, the instructor not only creates a framework for fair, objective grading, but also conveys expectations to the students.
Teacher observations, check lists, and anecdotal records: Provides data and insight into student learning processes.
Curriculum Related Tests or Post Tests: Includes traditional classroom tests such as multiple choice, short written responses, and essays. These tests will be tied to the academic standards where applicable.
Performance-Based Assessments: A measure based on authentic tasks where students demonstrate their use of knowledge and skills.
Multi-media portfolios: Highlight authentic learning experiences, demonstrate students' growth and competencies, and involve the teacher, the student, and parents in the assessment process. Multi-media portfolios can include writing samples, artwork, audio files, video clips, goal setting, self and teacher assessments, as well as many other processes and products.
Standardized Measures: Includes the South Carolina Achievement Tests and End of Course for High School Courses.

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