Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Welcome to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. We are proud of our students’ achievements and the instruction provided by our teachers. On this website, you will find information and curriculum standards that define the learning expectations for our students - grades PreK - 8.
Our community is reflected in our curriculum and our efforts to deliver exceptional instruction to our students. The Manchester City School curriculum is based upon Tennessee State Department of Education standards and frameworks as well as Common Core Curriculum standards, which emphasize the core knowledge and skills required for students’ success in the 21st century. Our high expectations for students are measured by a variety of assessments and performance evaluations that are aligned with the standards. Instructional decisions are based on data to ensure excellence and equity of opportunity.
Our school system is distinguished by the collaborative efforts of our teachers, students, parents, administrators, and the City of Manchester. The children in Manchester City Schools are our most valuable resource. We are dedicated to providing our students with the tools to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world.
Information for Parents on Social Studies Field Test May 7-13
WHY ARE WE FIELD TESTING A NEW ASSESSMENT? • New social studies standards (available here) went into effect during the 2014-15 school year. • The revised standards are more rigorous, reflecting the vital importance of these courses. They include more primary documents, opportunities for higher cognitive demand, and additional focus on Tennessee History and Civics. • The state’s new social studies assessment will align to the new standards. The first operational assessment will be given during the 2015-16 school year. In preparation, students across the state are taking are taking a field test this spring. The goal of the field test isto test the questions and prepare for the operational assessment. WHEN WILL THE OPERATIONAL TEST BE GIVEN? • The operational test will be given during the 2015-16 school year. • Social studies will be administered in two separate times during the school year: Part I and Part II. • The first portion will be administered in February/March 2016 and require students to write an essay that analyzes passages, timelines, graphics, etc. • The second portion will only include multiple-choice questions and will be administered in April/May 2016. • There will be a block schedule administration option for U.S. History.
HOW WILL THE TEST BE GIVEN? • The new social studies TCAP Achievement and End of Course tests will be given primarily online. • A paper-pencil option will also be available for students when required by an IEP.
WHEN WILL WE HAVE FINAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE OPERATIONAL TEST DESIGN? • There are three stages to test development: initial design, field testing, and final test development. • This summer measurement experts will review the results of the field test and make final recommendations for item use. • During the summer of 2015, educators will gather to review the results of the field test and review the final blueprints and test design. The final blueprints and practice tests for the 2015-16 social studies assessment will be available by the end of July, prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year. • In the coming weeks, the department will provide specific information about the design of the extended response questions including the standards used for Part I and the final rubrics that will be used to assess the written responses.
HOW WILL TEACHERS BE PREPARED? • This summer, regional trainings will be offered for teachers in every school to focus on the new assessments. Training materials will be publicly available for all teachers. • In addition, we will be provide final practice tests to allow teachers, parents, and students a look into the operational test design. These final materials will be available before the start of the 2015-16 school year.