The curriculum and teaching plans at EPPA include no political or culturally charged content. The curriculum encompasses traditional and patriotic values and will not be decisive in any way.
What standards will the curriculum materials be aligned to?
- All curricula will be aligned to the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards appropriate for each grade level and content area.
What curriculum materials will support the English Language Arts standards at each grade level?
- Grades K-5 will use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Reading series for core instruction
- Covers reading comprehension, fluency, writing, explicit phonics instruction and phonological awareness
- Curriculum is designed to strengthen key literacy skills and ensure that all students are tracking toward reading proficiently by third grade
- Grades 6-8 will use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature series for core instruction
- Provides students with opportunities to read and listen to high-quality and interesting texts. Higher-level thinking skills and writing are included with each literature section. The materials support knowledge building as well as help student increase their vocabulary.
What curriculum materials will support the Mathematics standards at each grade level?
- All students in grades K-8 will use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Math series for core instruction. This math series builds foundational math skills while also giving students opportunities to apply their skills to real life situations. Multiple approaches to algorithm are taught after building a strong foundation in the concept.
What supplemental programs are available to support students with their learning goals?
- All students use the iReady program. iReady provides a diagnostic assessment at the beginning, middle and end of the year in both Math and Reading that allows teachers to customize student learning in daily small groups. Students use their Chromebooks to work on their iReady MyPath for 45 minutes per week in both Math and Reading. The program is customized to each student based on the most recent diagnostic assessment data and allows them to work on areas where they need support.
- The AMP platform provides many supplemental programs that teachers can access to enrich their classroom teaching and support individualized instruction within their classroom. A few of these include:
- IXL: contains thousands of math, language, social studies, science, and Spanish practice questions, games and modules that are aligned to the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards. Students practice one skill at a time, based on their learning profile, and earn points and ribbons when they get questions correct. Once they reach 100 points for a skill, kids earn a stamp in their book, encouraging them to master other skills to earn virtual prizes.
- RazKids: Students access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a student has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.
- Newsela: the online database contains thousands of real-world texts that feature diverse perspectives. Texts are published at five different reading levels to allow all students exposure to a topic at a reading level that is appropriate for them.
- GoNoodle: provides short videos that help keep kids in grades K-5 moving and learning.