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Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for the PreK- 12 curriculum, classroom instruction, student assessment, and professional development.

Graded Courses of Study are developed for all subject areas available in the PreK-12 instructional program. These documents are reviewed every five years to ensure that the curriculum for each course aligns with the Ohio Academic Content Standards. The curriculum provided by the department is rigorous and provides students with opportunities to achieve at high levels.

Classroom Instruction
Quality instruction is critical to improving the academic performance, achievement, and social well-being of the school district’s diverse student population. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction develops, implements, monitors, and supports all classroom instructional initiatives. The department also purchases textbooks and instructional materials to support the goals and objectives outlined in the Graded Courses of Study.

Student Assessment
The Department supervises the district's testing program at all levels. Students are required by the State of Ohio to participate in Ohio Diagnostic Tests, Ohio Achievement Tests, and the Ohio Graduation Test. In addition to the state-mandated tests, the PSAT, SAT, and ACT are assessments administered to high school students to meet college entrance requirements. The Test of Cognitive Skills (TCS) and the NWEA Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) are also given to students to determine math and reading ability levels. The EXPLORE, administered at grade eight and the PLAN, given to 10th graders, are additional nationally normed assessments used to monitor student achievement and progress in language arts, science, and social studies. The Terra Nova assessment is used to help identify students for the district's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. With continuous improvement as the main focus for increasing student achievement, the test scores and trends are analyzed, interpreted, and shared throughout the year. Teachers and administrators use the data to drive classroom instruction, determine student intervention, and guide professional development.



Professional Development
In addition to providing a rigorous curriculum and quality instruction, this department makes available to staff many opportunities for professional development. Throughout the year, federal and state grants are used to support programs, provide workshops, and create initiatives for teachers to investigate best practices and learn new strategies to enhance their instructional skills.

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Bedford City Schools
475 Northfield Rd.
Bedford, OH 44146

Phone: 440.439.1500
Fax: 440.439.4850
Bedford Local Schools