Standard 3 -Teaching and Assessing for Learning
The school’s curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices guide and ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning.
The school’s curriculum provides equitable and challenging learning experiences that ensure all students have sufficient opportunities to develop learning, thinking, and life skills that lead to success at the next level.
Level3: Curriculum and learning experiences in each course/class provide all students with challenging and equitable opportunities to develop learning skills, thinking skills, and life skills. There is some Evidences to indicate curriculum and learning experiences prepare students for success at the next level. Like courses/classes have equivalent learning expectations. Some learning activities are individualized for each student in a way that supports achievement of expectations.
Course schedule - scheduled in
Enrollment patterns for various courses - OpenSIS reports available
Course Handbook- Guide book for every level (provided by ATA)
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment are monitored and adjusted systematically in response to data from multiple assessments of student learning and an examination of professional practice.
OUR INTERPRETATION: The various grade level classroom and HW books were continuously improved every year with feedback/corrections from all the Teachers/Parents. ATA have common assessment for every semester and HW for classroom.
ATA syllabus/curriculum improvement process. Meeting minutes of assessment discussion and syllabus improvement process.
Revised lesson/work book for every academic year (Hard copies will be provided during external review)
Common assessments - Defined in OpenSIS
Curriculum guides - lesson guides
ATA curriculum map, lesson books (Hard copies) and lesson guides showing the alignment of lessons plans to curriculum
Teachers engage students in their learning through instructional strategies that ensure achievement of learning expectations.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Structured syllabus for class room instructions and HW to review the same with additional exercises.
Level3: Teachers plan and use instructional strategies that require student collaboration, self-reflection, and development of critical thinking skills. Teachers personalize instructional strategies and interventions to address individual learning needs of students when necessary. Teachers use instructional strategies that require students to apply knowledge and skills, integrate content and skills with other disciplines, and use technologies as instructional resources and learning tools.
Assessments are defined and entered in LMS. Reviewed by school admin as well. VariousOpenSIS reports available to assist
Interdisciplinary projects - Student Cultural activities and special project samples. Tamil Bee competition (Pictures on Tamil school home page)
Professional development focused on these strategies - Pronunciation training for teachers (Email archive) , ATA training & SURWEP training
Sample Interactive Lessons
School leaders monitor and support the improvement of instructional practices of teachers to ensure student success.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Monitor each level for the student's attendance, completion of HW. Generate various reports in ATA LMS system to monitor, support and improve the instructional practices.
Day to day operation checklist
Nilai wise teacher's discussion among all ATA schools (Email archive)
Primary teacher mentoring secondary teachers
Teacher's recognition during Tamil Association function
Teachers participate in collaborative learning communities to improve instruction and student learning.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Monthly teacher meetings to share the experience and improve the instruction methodology.
Collaborative learning Agenda and mins Accreditation compliance team meeting minutes,ATA meeting minutes
OpenSIS (LMS) used for reports
Sample student research projects (Hard copies will be provided during external review)
ATA syllabus/book revision meeting mins and sample revised school books for last 3 years
Teacher orientation document
Teachers implement the school’s instructional process in support of student learning.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Adopt the ATA structured syllabus, monitor the weekly HW, semester evaluation exams, weekly Parent communication and progress reports.
Level3: All teachers use an instructional process that informs students of learning expectations and standards of performance. Exemplars are often provided to guide and inform students. The process includes multiple measures, including formative assessments, to inform the ongoing modification of instruction and provide data for possible curriculum revision. The process provides students with specific and timely feedback about their learning.
Specially designed Curriculum for North American lifestyle
Weekly parents Email communication
OpenSIS online HW assessment
OpenSIS online Grade book
Semester wise parent teacher conferences
Survey results proving that the teachers implement school's instructional process supporting student learning
Mentoring, coaching, and induction programs support instructional improvement consistent with the school’s values and beliefs about teaching and learning.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Native heritage speaking parents were the teachers for various levels. Teacher orientation videos/instructions for various levels.
ATA SURWEP Training – 2014/2015 School Year
ATA Teacher’s professional development program
ATA Nilai level syllabus meeting minutes and agenda
New teacher orientation document
Native language speaker as teachers with 12+ years of formal education
Primary teachers are mentoring secondary teachers (Secondary teacher is a backup for a while before becoming primary teacher)
The school engages families in meaningful ways in their children’s education and keeps them informed of their children’s learning progress.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Weekly update of the Attendance, classroom performance and HW completion/grading of the students by the teachers. Teachers also enter meaningful comments like the areas require student improvement. This is automatically updated in the progress report which the student and parents can view after the teacher enters them.
Parents LMS(OpenSIS) access to see grade book and progress report
Semester wise Parents and Teachers meeting
Weekly Parents Email
School encourages open door policy
Most of teachers are parent volunteers
The school has a formal structure whereby each student is well known by at least one adult advocate in the school who supports that student’s educational experience.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Each classroom has Primary and Secondary teacher who act as the Adult advocate and have access to the student data via LMS.
Parents volunteers as teachers
Most of the teachers know the student's family through community activities
Each classroom has Primary and Secondary teacher who act as the Adult advocate
10:1 student teacher ratio
Grading and reporting are based on clearly defined criteria that represent the attainment of content knowledge and skills and are consistent across grade levels and courses.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Common grade book with predefined assignments types like class room performance, Weekly HW grading, tracking other skills of the students
Level3: Teachers use common grading and reporting policies, processes, and procedures based on clearly defined criteria that represent each student's attainment of content knowledge and skills. These policies, processes, and procedures are implemented consistently across grade levels and courses. Stakeholders are aware of the policies, processes, and procedures. The policies, processes, and procedures are regularly evaluated.
Grades and assessment are defined at ATA level in LMS and common to all levels.
Meeting minutes on semester exam, attendance and homework assessment.
Communication plan on communicating grades
Sample Grade/progress reports from OpenSIS.
All staff members participate in a continuous program of professional learning.
OUR INTERPRETATION: All teachers and Admin staff members were provided periodic training of any required new skills like Teacher orientation, new teaching aids, LMS training and orientation by Tamil Language experts
ATA Teacher’s professional development enrollment 2014/2015
Specific training for teacher within school(SURWEP)
Knowledge sharing meeting minutes
The school provides and coordinates learning support services to meet the unique learning needs of students.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Periodic Teacher orientation to impart various Language skills. Evaluate the grade books to determine the needs of students and provide the support.
Tamil Bee competition and other cultural activities
Policies on how to handle special need students are available on handbooks