The North Bend School District is in the process of identifying a quality curriculum for English Language Arts classes for the middle school level. Implementation of the new materials will occur in the fall of 2022 for grades 6-8. Staff have reviewed a number of options that address the changes in the newly adopted state standards. When making the adoption recommendation, staff considered these major factors:
How were English Language Arts concepts presented in the materials? Was there a clear scope and sequence for skills attainment in the areas of reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar? Did the materials provide solid foundational skill-building across the middle grades?
Did the materials include effective teaching strategies?
Did the materials set a clear priority of preparing students for meeting rigorous academic standards?
Did the materials include high-quality hard copy and digital options?
Were there adequate accessibility components (to meet state criteria)?
We are inviting you to view the proposed adoption materials via the link- and provide input (the form is included in the link above) prior to the recommendation being made to the school board on Thursday, May 5th, 2022.
Please call or email if you would like to view the proposed curriculum in-person and/or if you have questions or concerns regarding the recommended adoption. The time frame for input, prior to the May school board meeting on May 5, 2022, will be from April 18-May 3, 2022.
We are at the beginning of a new English Language Arts adoption for our elementary and secondary schools. The initial steps start with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) working through a process of reviewing materials to determine which programs meet the state criteria. The process includes specific rules: alignment to the state board adopted standards, accessibility for all students, criteria for state and local committees (more information is included in the link at the bottom of this page). The adoption process is based on a seven year cycle, with the state standards updated the year prior to the adoption. Per ODE’s published required criteria, “Instructional materials used in Oregon’s classrooms need to reflect the most current information and research and be aligned to academic content standards. To this end, these instructional materials are subject, by law, to a review process and must meet established specifications and criteria in order to be approved by the State Board of Education for use in classrooms.
Updates as of February 24, 2022
Elementary curriculum has been reviewed and narrowed down to 2 publishers. Our K-5 schools are beginning to pilot myView Literacy by Savvas and Into Reading by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Materials are available to view at the North Bend School District Office.
The High School ELA team reviewed 4 top rated state approved curriculums; Bedford, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill and Savvas. One of the High School teachers will be doing some piloting.
Hard copies of curriculum materials are available to review at the district office for elementary and available at the Middle School and High School Libraries for secondary. Please contact Tiffany Rush or Bruce Martin to schedule an appointment to review these materials.