English Language Arts Class Placements
The Tewksbury School District is committed to
serving the educational needs of each individual learner of our community. To
that end, we use committee-established criteria to evaluate the literacy needs
of our middle school students in order to ensure the most appropriate placement
for every middle school learner in the area of English Language Arts (ELA).
The first criteria for student placement is
highly successful academic performance. A specific English Language Arts
summative cut-off grade point average (e.g. 95%) is determined annually
based on each cohort's GPA data.
The group of students meeting the first
criteria point is then evaluated based on the following:
- NWEA MAP- Measures of Academic Progress Reading Assessment
Teacher recommendation based on a SIG Scale in English Language Arts and
Social Studies. For more information on Sig Scales, please
Writing Assessment scored using a district approved
Based on this comprehensive data, students are then
placed into one of two language arts classes:
Language Arts Class (ELA or LA): The curriculum for this heterogeneous class is
based on grade level Common Core Standards, but may be differentiated, at
times, through small group and individualized instruction in relation to
literacy content and skills.
Language Arts Class (ALA): Instruction for this class is based on grade level
curriculum aligned to Common Core Standards with an emphasis on
Humanities-themed reading and writing content. Although course content
remains predominantly on grade level, core grade level foundational
language skills are de-emphasized.
We are confident that this placement criteria will
ensure the most successful placement for each individual middle school learner.