In response to the tremendous rate of transformation in the world and education's response to it, the Pickerington Local School District Board of Education has formed the Academic Programs & Curriculum Committee, continuing Pickerington's tradition as a destination school district.
The Academic Programs & Curriculum Committee includes stakeholders from teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. The committee studies major issues in education and makes recommendations to the Board of Education involving:
• Education Programming & Options
• Grading Systems
• Acceleration of Student Learning
• Instructional Transformations
• Policy Changes
The committee meets the third Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. in the PLSD superintendent 's office. Meeting agendas, meeting records, and resources used can be found through the various forms and links to the right.
Today's world is changing at a rapid pace. What are we doing to keep up?
Ohio's Race to the Top
The rapid changes and complexity of today's world place new demands on our schools. The public is becoming increasingly aware of the need to improve student performance to succeed.
Ohio's Race to the Top (RttT) strategy aligns with the Ohio Department of Education's vision and mission to implement a world-class education system in which all students will graduate with a sense of purpose and be well prepared for college, work, and life.
As a Race to the Top district, Pickerington Local Schools is committed to:
Implementing a rigorous college and career readiness curriculum (common core state standards) with assessments that prepare students for success in the 21st Century.
Providing teachers with the information and tools they need to diagnose and address student learning.
Implementing a system of teacher and principal accountability that centers on student learning.
Curriculum & Assessment Transformation
Educators and students are accustomed to the Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests and Pickerington’s schools have been extremely successful on these tests. The 2013-14 school year is the last year these state tests will be administered. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Ohio will implement Next Generation Assessments that are remarkably more rigorous than OAA/OGT.
Using Date to Inform Instruction
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the Pickerington Local School District will use a statewide student data system known as the Instructional Information System (IIS). IIS is a fancy term used to describe a comprehensive computer-based tool available to teachers that provides all pieces of information about students so teachers can more effectively reach all students. The IIS includes:
• Online access to electronic curriculum, resources, and tools aligned to the revised standards;
• Curriculum customization for differentiated instruction;
• Online formative assessments; and
• Data-analysis capabilities including early-warning indicators for teachers, administrators, parents, and students.
Teacher & Principal Evaluation Systems
The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) will be implemented statewide in the 2013-14 school year. The performance management systems divide emphasis on job processes/skills and student growth.