Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment


District 53 is committed to a culture of excellence in education through continuous improvement, innovation and professional development. Our District encourages creativity and lifelong learning in our students by helping them to strive to be the best they can be every day and taking ownership and pride in their work.

Instructional Blueprint

The Instructional Blueprint is a vision for academic excellence and the foundation for curricular and instructional goals. It was developed by a team of staff, faculty, parents, Board and administrators in the fall of 2013 to outline the instructional philosophy, instructional goals and next steps for curricular changes. It is based on the mission and vision of the District. Its goals are to provide:

  • A curriculum that is progressive and meets real world needs and also is reviewed, evaluated and fine-tuned regularly.
  • An instructional strategy that engages and motivates students and helps them to individually achieve their highest academic success.
  • State-of-the art technology that enriches the learning environment and provides students with21st century skills through a variety of tools: whiteboards in every classroom, iPads for K-3rd grade students and a laptop for every junior high student.
  • Technologies, curriculum and methodologies that help students to become problem-solvers and prepare them for a world in which innovation, creativity, autonomy and individual and group research is prized.

Student Achievement Data

The School Report Card, issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, looks beyond test scores to better inform families, communities, educators, and policy makers about school performance, climate and learning conditions. District 53 student scores are typically among the top five of school districts in the state. The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) was the assessment used in the School Report Card up until 2014. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), tests were more rigorous, reflecting the state standards for 2013 and 2014. Beginning in 2015, student scores reflect a different test, called the PARCC.

2016 Report Cards

2015 Report Cards

2014 Report Cards

2013 Report Cards

2012 Report Cards

School Improvement Data

School Improvement data is contained within the 5 Essentials Survey, which is given by the state to parents, certified teachers and middle school students. It reflects the State Board’s goals for all schools to be safe, healthy and nurturing learning environments and for every student to be ready for college and career. The results are being used to help us identify strengths and areas for improvement in school climate and learning conditions.

Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards are learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. These standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful, while also helping parents understand what is expected of their children. The CCSS are more rigorous and robust than the Illinois Learning Standards that were previously in place. The standards are intended to better prepare students for success in college and careers, to compete in an increasingly global economy, and to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. In District 53, we have made improvements in the last few years to align our curriculum to the new Common Core Standards in math, language arts and science. 

Butler 53 Assessments

Assessments are a way to measure student progress and instructional effectiveness. In District 53, students take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Beginning in the spring of 2016, students will also take the PARCC exam.

MAP measures growth of student, projects how well students will perform on high-stakes tests, informs educators how to differentiate curriculum, evaluate programs and structure curriculum.

The tests are given on computers and reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts that a student has acquired and what they are ready to learn. The test is adaptive, meaning that based on your child’s responses, it adapts to each child’s instructional level. Because the tests are reliable and accurate, they are used by teachers as one of many means to determine a child’s precise learning level. The District uses other data to help guide educators in monitoring student progress and delivering curriculum and instruction that meets each child’s needs.  

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a modern assessment that replaces previous state standardized tests. It not only evaluates a student's progress but also provides better information for teachers and parents to identify where a student needs help, or is excelling, so they are able to enhance instruction to meet individual student needs.

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