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Curriculum & Instruction

Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a clear set of expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed at each grade level in Mathematics and English/language arts. In Shorewood, we are alining to the standards, but not adopting them. (New Generation Science Standards are being reviewed and are expected to be formally approved soon.)

CCSS are not the curriculum. Our teachers create lesson plans, instruction and assessments to meet the needs of our students using the CCSS as a guide. The Common Core State Standards provide our students with greater depths of thinking, application of knowledge, and more specific detail regarding which standards to teach and access within each grade level.

For additional information about the Common Core State Standard please visit the sites below:


Many parents/guardians are hearing about a new initiative in American schools, called RtI. Our district is currently systematically reviewing our process of servicing our students through a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. Please take a few moments to review this brief overview and feel free to follow-up with questions you may have. Click here to view the complete RtI handbook.


Report Cards

As part of Wisconsin's accountability measures, the state's Department of Public Instruction (or DPI) will be producing report cards for every school and school district in the state each year. The report cards give parents, staff and community members data on important areas, including:

  • Student Achievement – performance on the WKCE and WAA-SwD in reading and mathematics
  • Student Growth – improvement over time on the WKCE in reading and mathematics
  • Closing Gaps – progress of student subgroups in closing gaps in reading and mathematics performance and/or graduation rates
  • On-track and Postsecondary Readiness – performance on key indicators of readiness for graduation and postsecondary pursuits, whether college or career
Districts and schools receive a score from 0-100 for each area. In addition to the scores for the areas listed above, performance on three student engagement indicators are also reported. These three indicators are:
  • Test Participation Rate has a goal of 95 percent test participation for all students and each subgroup. Test participation rates for both the WKCE and WAA-SwD are included. Rates that are below 95 percent but at least 85 percent receive a five-point deduction. Rates below 85 percent receive a 10-point deduction.
  • Absenteeism Rate has a goal of 13 percent or less. Rates of attendance are measured as the number of days that a student attended school, divided by the number of possible days they could have attended during the school year. Students are expected to attend school for at least 84.1% of their possible number of days. If more than 13% of the school's or district's student population fails to meet this expectation, the school or district receives a five point deduction from their overall index score. Absenteeism is different than attendance (measured in the On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness Priority Area) because it measures a percent of students who are absent from school a certain amount of time, not how often students attend school.
  • Dropout Rate has a goal of six percent or less. Dropout rate is the number of students who dropped out during the school term divided by the total expected to complete the school term in that school or district. Districts or schools not meeting this goal will have five points deducted from their overall score.


Students will take part in a new system of assessments. With the exception of 12th graders, the new tests will not increase the number of tests or the amount of time spent testing. Specific information about each exam can be found below (alphabetical order):


Grade Levels

Exam Info


(60 min. to administer)

ELL students grades K-12 (begins 15-16 school year)

• Elements of CCSS embedded

• Screen & annual summary

• Computer adaptive

ACT Aspire

(250 min. to administer)

9th/10th graders

• Includes English, writing, math, reading and science assessments

• Provides a predicted ACT score for each subject & composite


(250 min. to administer)

11th graders (will now be administered at school)

• Includes administration options for students with special needs

ACT WorkKeys

(45 min/test)

11th graders

• Includes applied math, locating information & reading for information

Dynamic Learning MAPS

(Test length varies)

1% of students in grades 3-8 and 11

• Allows students with cognitive disabilities to show what they know in ways traditional tests can't.


(20-30 min. to administer)


• Useful for helping to identify students in need of additional help and as a source of formative data


3-8 (Administered throughout the last 12 weeks of the school year)

• Assesses English/ language arts and math

• Computer adaptive

• Measures achievement & growth

• Includes variety of question types

• Aligned to CCSS

Tim Joynt, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction

1701 E. Capitol Dr.
Shorewood, WI 53211


Meghan Anker, Curriculum & Instruction Secretary

1701 E. Capitol Dr.
Shorewood, WI 53211


District Calendar

    • TueApr24 Lake Bluff Linkage 5:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueApr24 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay08 School Board Town Hall 5:45 PM to 6:45 PMSHS Library
    • TueMay08 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay22 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

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