The Newton Public Schools are committed to meeting the learning needs of all students by ensuring that the K-12 curriculum offers a coherent course of study yet remains flexible enough to allow for differentiation according to children's needs; by recognizing the diversity that exists within the school population; and by respecting teachers' judgment in making sound instructional decisions for the students they meet every day. The school system's core value of respect for human differences should permeate all of our work (see attached mission statement). With the cooperation of all members of the school community, the system seeks to hold true to its values while it sets out to accomplish the goals specific to 2003/2004 as outlined below.
1. Student Performance and Wellness - We support an academically challenging standards-based learning environment and strive to implement the basic tenets of No Child Left Behind. Curriculum revision is an ongoing process in our school system, with adjustments and improvements being implemented in content areas every year. Our standards-based curriculum depends upon agreements among teachers about the sequencing and coherence of subject matter; at the same time we advocate the ideal of individual, professional decision-making by classroom teachers. We strive to raise the academic achievement of all students while focusing on narrowing the achievement gap for students of color and students in lower socio-economic groups.
To achieve this goal we will:
• complete the review of high school graduation requirements to allow for School Committee approval;
• pilot new standards-based student progress reports in elementary schools;
• implement changes associated with new regulations for English Language Learners (ELL); and
• develop a generic model for program evaluations. – less–ZoomInfo