Why is Neuse developing PLUS?
- Our students deserve the best learning opportunities possible, and the opportunities we create should be designed to develop our students into college-ready graduates. While our current curriculum and instruction plan is built on a strong platform, we are a continuous improvement organization seeking to further enhance the educational experience for our students. PLUS provides the structure and resources needed for clearly aligning our curriculum, instruction, professional development activities and the school’s budget toward this goal.
- PLUS stands for Performance Learning Underscoring Success and represents the full complement of our academic program. ‘Performance Learning’ describes our curriculum and instruction efforts, ‘Underscoring’ represents our infrastructure changes that support PLUS implementation, and ‘Success’ refers to our students graduating knowing that they are proficient in their scholastic accomplishments and in their ability to demonstrate the school’s graduation competencies.
- All of our students will benefit from the curriculum and instruction changes that will come from the implementation of PLUS. Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be the first to see changes in their report cards as we transition to a competency-based assessment system in 2018-19. Our 2nd through 4th grade students will see similar changes in their report cards in the following school years (full implementation is expected by the 2020-21 school year). Students in grades 5-12 will notice improvements in their ability to know and understand what is expected of them to demonstrate proficiency and/or mastery in each of their subjects, however their report cards will continue to use a letter grade system.
- Elements of PLUS (professional development, curriculum alignment, assessment strategies, etc.) have been underway since the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. All students will benefit from the implementation of PLUS beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The most direct impacts will be noticed in kindergarten and 1st grade as they will transition to a new report card system aligned to competency-based instruction and assessment practices. These report cards will better explain to parents the areas where their students are excelling and the areas where they could use a little extra help. The intent of the new report cards is to create a better communication tool for use between teachers, students and parents, that clearly explains how a student is progressing in mastering course content.