Expectations remain high for 2013-14 to be a productive year for the students and staff of the Blaine School District. Specifically, we will continue to see three significant initiatives take shape at the building and classroom levels.
1. The integration of the highly rigorous "Common Core State Standards" at all grade levels in both Mathematics and English/Language Arts. To learn more about the Common Core State Standards please visit: http://k12.wa.us/CoreStandards/default.aspx
2. The initial steps of transition to a new State Assessment System ("Smarter Balanced Assessment") which will align with the new "Common Core State Standards", while placing a higher level of emphasis on incremental measures of student progress. To access information about Smarter Balanced Assessments please visit: http://k12.wa.us/SMARTER/default.aspx
3. The implementation of a new evaluation system for both teachers and principals, with accountability to the verification of consistent academic growth for all students. Blaine School District has selected the "CEL 5D Framework" evaluation model for teachers and the "AWSP Leadership Framework" model for administrators. More information about teacher/principal evaluation models can be accessed here: http://tpep-wa.org/
This overall body of work is easily one of the most ambitious (collective) undertakings being assumed by school districts over multiple decades. The staff of Blaine School District is up to the challenge, as we continue to aspire to do all that is possible to assure for the highest possible level of positive impact on the academic progress of all students.