SES Curriculum

S.T.E.P’s Developmental Academy’s curriculum and instruction focus is to align what is taught with what will be tested.
Our use of the award-winning Voyager Expanded Learning Curriculum allows aligned curricula with the North Carolina State Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS), and pacing guides that specify when particular content and skills will be covered.

 

Reading Curriculum:

Our Voyager Passport Reading curriculum incorporates a robust, comprehensive assessment system that includes Vital Indicators of Progress (VIP) measures and curriculum-embedded assessment tools.

Effective Measurment Tools:

VIP benchmarks and progress monitoring measures  provide the critical information teachers need to determine if students are responding to intervention. Individual VIP assessment scores are input into the VPORT® Data Management System which produces student, class, school, and district level reports.
 

Adventure Checkpoints, weekly criterion-referenced assessments, provide teachers with additional information to inform instructional decision making. Voyager Passport also includes student self-assessment features.
 

Student Self Regulation  plays an important role in the growth of learners. When students are aware of important benchmarks, they realize it is within their power to achieve specific goals. This reinforces their intrinsic motivation and often accelerates learning. Voyager Passport provides opportunities for students to chart their growth, monitor their own progress, and assume responsibility for learning.

Our VMath Curriculum:

Our VMath curriculum provides:
Motivation:
Each module begins with Adventures that engage and motivate students, encouraging students to think about math in real life.

Explicit, Systematic, Scaffolded Instruction:

Detailed lesson support makes teaching easier and reduces teacher preparation time. Scaffolded support through sample dialogue enables teachers to help students gain independence. Careful questioning strategies ensure mastery of concepts and skills.

Focus on Vocabulary Development:

Emphasis on learning the language of math enables ELL and struggling students to become more successful.

Opportunities to Communicate Mathematically:

Students are encouraged to communicate both verbally and in writing. Open-ended response questions require students to justify their thinking and analyze answers for reasonableness.

We Conduct Assessments that Inform:

All grade levels (3-5) include Pre-Test and Post-Test Assessments. The Pre-Test is given before instruction begins to measure student understanding of math content and to establish a baseline score for each student. The Post-Test is given after the instruction to measures student mastery of concepts and skills.

In Levels D – I, Pre-Tests and Post-Tests are included for each module, and can be taken online for schools using VmathLive

Test Prep Questions with Error Analysis Assess Informally:

The Test Prep questions presented in multiple choice and short answer formats allow tutors to easily assess students informally after each lesson. The question distracters are based on common student errors, so the teacher can be informed as to the exact cause of the student's misconception. This type of error analysis is commonly identified as positively affecting student learning.

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