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English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum Information

Last spring the Board of Education approved a new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum beginning with the 2016-17 school year, along with the adoption of new resources to be used. Throughout the first trimester our teachers have implemented this new curriculum. As the time approached to purchase the resources for the second and third trimesters, it was determined that a different set of resources would better support the standards-aligned curriculum.

After a 30-day preview of new resources, the Board of Education approved the adoption of resources by Schoolwide for our students in grades K-5. These resources provide an increased opportunity for our teachers to personalize reading instruction in order to better meet the needs of each student. You will begin to see these resources in the classroom as we move into the second trimester.

As we have adopted a new curriculum that is fully aligned to standards, we believe that we need to examine and update the ways in which we report student progress. We will begin work with a grading task force comprised of teachers and administrators to examine the best practices that exist in grading and reporting and look to make changes for 2017-18 school year. Student progress reports for the 2016-17 school year will remain the same with the exception of schools who pilot a new grading and reporting system. However, you may notice that the trimester in which specific skills are reported has changed due to the new curriculum.

If you have questions about ELA resources or reporting student progress, please contact your building principal.

Mary Baum
Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching

Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Published:11/10/16
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