Curriculum and Assessment
Gurnee School District #56
The curriculum in place at Gurnee School District #56 has been created by using the Illinois State Learning Standards as a base level of performance. These standards were set in 1997 and are the foundation for the state assessment tool, The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT,) upon which all public, elementary districts are measured for success. It is the goal of all Gurnee District #56 staff that our students exceed state standards. As such, we are continually working to improve our instructional practices and raise the level of expectation for all students by increasing the rigor whenever possible.
On June 24, 2010, the State of Illinois formally adopted the Common Core Standards. These K-12, Common Core Standards were designed by a state-led committee targeting better preparation for college and success in the global economy for all students. District #56 will follow all directives received regarding the implementation of these new standards. All curriculum reviews and revisions from this point on will include the use of these Common Core Standards.
The purpose of this page is to provide the viewer with specific information related to all content areas included in the Gurnee School District #56 curriculum. It will be continually revised and updated to reflect the ongoing work of the instructional staff. Information included on each content area page includes: State Standards, District #56 Scope and Sequence Chart, Approved Textbooks and Areas of Focus for Teachers' Professional Development.
State Standards: These standards were approved by the Illinois State Board of Education in 1997 and all public education school districts are required to provide instruction that aligns with these standards. New Common Core Standards have recently been adopted by the State of Illinois. We are currently awaiting directives regarding their use and a time line for implementation.
Scope and Sequence Chart: A scope and sequence chart is a brief overview of the expected skills and knowledge for students in District #56. These charts are created by district teaching staff and aligned with the state standards mentioned above. These charts will be added to each content area page as soon as possible.
Approved Textbooks: Gurnee School District #56 conducts an annual review of selected areas of the curriculum. During this process instructional staff review and revise the existing curriculum to meet the needs of the students. Teachers then review, evaluate and select instructional materials for adoption (purchase) that will align with the curriculum and instructional goals. While these textbooks are recommended for use, strong educators often supplement these materials with other support items they have determined to align with the district curriculum.
Please note that the State of Illinois has eliminated the Illinois Textbook Loan Program and no longer subsidizes the purchase of textbooks. Any textbook purchases must now be made through local budgets and will only take place as funds permit.
Professional Development: Professional development is the cornerstone for ongoing improvement of instructional practices in Gurnee School District #56. A constant review of educational research, as well as support for newly adopted instructional materials and equipment, drive the focus areas for the adult learners in the district. Professional development opportunities are not only provided during Teacher Institute and Early Release days, as noted on the school year calendar, but during the school day and after school as well. Many District #56 teachers choose to avail themselves of volunteer opportunities for learning in order to improve their professional practices.