Standards 4th Grade Bennett

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Do Different Standards Add Up? : 

Do Different Standards Add Up?

Task Team Goals : 

Task Team Goals For this project we compiled all of our district standards to see the similarities and find the differences. Our goal was to find how the standards of each district helped to guide instruction, and if there was measurable change. Are these district standards manageable, and do they make sense for our schools.

Bennett & Douglas County Science Standards : 

Bennett & Douglas County Science Standards Bennett 4th Grade Science Standards Earth and Space Science Life Science Physical Science Research and Inquiry Douglas County 4th Grade Science Standards Matter Energy & Force Populations Eco-systems Bennett is broken down into benchmarks like a scope & sequence. Bennett has under each checkpoint either proficient, enrich, stress, or introduce. Douglas County is broken down into two broad categories and every checkpoint falls under one of the two. Similarities in Bennett and Douglas County Both districts break standards into individual checkpoints. Both have similar content that is expected to be taught. The language used is similar.

Are these documents written in such a way as to guide instruction for teachers? : 

Are these documents written in such a way as to guide instruction for teachers? Douglas County has under each standard the following questions: What do kids need to know? How will they learn it? How will you know they know it? What can you do if they do/don't know it? For example, when students are learning something, specific transparencies to use and other suggestions are offered. Bennett’s standards have many checkpoints for each standard. The detail may help teachers know exactly what needs to be taught. For example, while DC simply states that students need to understand the way in which living organisms interact, Bennett actually specifies that students must be able to draw a food chain.

Do the standards reflect measurable evidence? : 

Do the standards reflect measurable evidence? Both districts clearly outline what the students are expected to know. Bennett offers no suggestion for ways to measure, other than stating that the standard must either be introduced, stressed, proficient, or enriched. Douglas County does offer suggestions for assessment. For example, when students learn about simple machines, the district suggests to “show students a picture and ask them to identify the energy, forces, and the effect of the forces on the swing. Ask them what would change if an adult were being pushed on the swing.” It goes on to offer ways to help students if they don’t understand and ways to enrich if they do.

Is the number of standards reasonable & manageable? : 

Is the number of standards reasonable & manageable? Bennett Standards: Earth & Space standard: 26 checkpoints Life Science: 41 checkpoints Physical Science: 35 checkpoints Research and Inquiry: 45 checkpoints Total: 147 Checkpoints! Douglas County Standards: Two Main Categories: Matter & Energy & Forces - 12 checkpoints that align them all together Population & Ecosystems - 4 checkpoints Total: 16 Checkpoints! Each checkpoint has its own suggestions for assessment and instruction.

Douglas County & Cherry Hills Christian Art Standards : 

Douglas County & Cherry Hills Christian Art Standards Douglas County Visual Art Standards Standards include five main blanket standards formed by the State of Colorado Each of the five main standards is then broken down into K-4, 5-8, 9-12. Each section includes the “Rational” for teaching, techniques, and materials Each Standard has two or three checkpoints for a total of 41 checkpoints Cherry Hills Christian Visual Art Standards Adopted the California State Board of Education Standards for Visual & Performing Arts. Five Individual standards for each elementary grade. Artistic Expression Creative Expression Historical and Cultural Expression Aesthetic Valuing Connection, Relationships, Applications Grades 9-12 are split into two sections: Proficient and Advanced Each standards’ checkpoints increase with difficulty with grade level

Similarities and Differences : 

Similarities and Differences Similarities: Douglas County and CHCS use five main standards that the State of Colorado and the state of California have implemented. Differences: Douglas County has far fewer checkpoints, and the leaves more to the teacher as to what is taught. CHCS visual art standards evaluate each grade level individually and what is to be taught and learned. Douglas County gives reasons for why it is useful for learning. CHCS has career related skills as a checkpoint and Douglas County leaves this completely out.

Are these documents written in such a way as to guide instruction for teachers? : 

Are these documents written in such a way as to guide instruction for teachers? Douglas County’s Visual Art Standards leave room for instructors to teach what they feel best suits their classrooms. CHCS (California’s Standards) use guides for instruction. For example: 2.6 Draw or paint a still life, using secondary colors.

Do the standards reflect measurable evidence? : 

Do the standards reflect measurable evidence? How are standards measured? There is currently no visual arts section on the CSAP or any other state wide tests. Analysis of work? Students analyze, assess, and derive meaning from works of art, including their own, according to the elements of art, the principles of design, and aesthetic qualities. Aesthetic Valuing Students responding to, Analyzing, and Making Judgments about works in the Visual Arts.

Is the number of standards reasonable & manageable? : 

Is the number of standards reasonable & manageable? Douglas County Visual Art Standards These standards are very manageable and teacher friendly. Rationale is given as to why to use each standard. For example: “Art is a universal language that encompasses all forms of communication to express a variety of viewpoints and ideas. Success in the age of information requires that students sharpen their observation and critical thinking skills, while cultivating visual literacy and developing a repertoire for self-expression.” CHCS (California) Standards The number of standards is five and the number of checkpoints can be overwhelming. If you teach more then one grade then you can have as much as 21 checkpoints per grade! These standards also leave little to the teacher and how he or she runs the classroom.

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