Instructional Cycle

Our instructional cycle functions as the framework of our district assessment system. The district assessment system is required by the Wyoming Department of Education (2018) to: "ensure equity of opportunity for Wyoming students by demonstrating the alignment of curriculum and assessments to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in all content areas."

CCSD1 District Assessment System Overview

What do we want
our students to learn?

How will we know
if they have learned?

What will we do
if they don't learn?
If they already know it?

Instructional Cycle

1. Determine priority standards.

2. Map standards by unit.

3. Unwrap standards to identify learning targets and develop learning goal progressions (proficiency scales).

4. Plan and design summative assessment evidence from learning targets.

5. Plan and design formative assessment evidence from learning goals.

6. Check rigor and relevance in item test design.

7. Plan instructional response and intervention/extension (common formative response - Tier 1).

8. Get students invested.

9. Plan intervention response (end of unit assessment analysis - Tier 2).

The foundation of this framework is the guaranteed and viable curriculum. Our guaranteed and viable curriculum (GVC) delineates the curricular framework for our standards-referenced teaching and learning and is defined as (DuFour et al., 2016, pg 113-126):

  • Guaranteed: gives students access to the same essential learning outcomes regardless of who is teaching the class
  • Viable: well-articulated set of knowledge and skills that every child should learn in grades K-12 that can be taught for understanding in the time available.

In Converse County School District #1, the GVC is delivered through a standards-aligned system mapped by priority standards and proficiency scales. The priority standards articulate the knowledge and skills for each grade level and content area. The proficiency scales define the learning outcomes and mastery levels for each priority standard.

CCSD #1 is responsible for the Wyoming Adopted Standards. In addition, some content areas utilize content specific national standards. Click here to view our standards. Standards have specific identifiers:

priority District priority standards
supporting District supporting standards
Wyoming Wyoming performance standards

The GVC is driven by these guiding principles:

  • We will teach less, learn more. Our GVC will drive the framework for instruction that ensures all students receive the instruction and learning opportunities they deserve.
  • We continually seek evidence of what students KNOW and CAN DO.
  • What you track and measure will improve. Curriculum maps track aligned instruction to improve student achievement on learning goals, as measured by our assessment system.
  • The GVC drives our collaborative team work within our PLC framework.
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