Essential Standards for Literacy, Math, and Science
The Department of Student Achievement and Accountability strives to ensure all students have an equitable opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency by challenging academic standards.
The Year-at-a-Glance documents, which identify the District's Essential Standards for literacy, math, and science for each grade level are linked below. Within the Year-at-a-Glance documents, teachers can find links to evidence of unpacking essential standards and Unit Plans. These documents were created collaboratively with district stakeholders (teachers, instructional specialists, administrators, and curriculum content consultants). They are reviewed and updated each year through a feedback process.
To ensure academic improvement, the district’s Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department piloted two new programs, E.L. Achieve and Benchmark Education Consultants, to help teachers implement Benchmark Education with fidelity. The district piloted these two new programs in the 2022-2023 school year in 11 out of 19 of its elementary schools, which received a school accountability letter grade lower than a C.
E.L. Achieve brought in consultants to work with our teachers to improve scores for English Language Learners. Their work resulted in the following improvements:
194 more students scored as proficient on ELPA21 compared to the previous year;
Seven schools (Howard, Morrison, Park, Tilles, Trusty, Sunnymede and Sutton) increased their English Language Assessment (ELA) scores on the ACT aspire;
Five of the seven (Howard, Morrison, Park, Tilles, and Sutton) schools increased their reading scores on the ACT Aspire.
The district hired Benchmark Education Consultants to help improve literacy scores in English and Reading for eleven elementary schools (Carnall, Fairview, Howard, Orr, Morrison, Park, Spradling, Sunnymede, Sutton, Tilles, and Trusty). The impact of the benchmark education consultants work revealed:
Nine of the eleven schools showed growth in reading on the ACT Aspire; and
Seven of the eleven schools showed growth in the English Language Assessment portion of the ACT Aspire
Since so many schools benefitted from the pilot, Fort Smith Public Schools plans to deploy Benchmark Education Consultants in all elementary schools with the aim of improving scores throughout the district. The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department will launch E.L. Achieve in the middle schools, beginning with Kimmons Middle School.
2023 REVISED STANDARDS
For grades 9-12, please see current textbook adoptions.
Click here for SCHOOL LIBRARY ACCESS
Available books may also be seen through Sora Showcase. While all titles are listed through this system, not all students have access to all titles.
- K-3 students only have K-3 books available to them.
- 4th-8th will have access to K-8th grade books.
- 9th-12th will have access to K-12 grade books.
- This link is automatically updated.
- Parents are welcome to access this link.
For more information, please contact:
Supervisor of Curriculum and Professional Development
479.784.8182 Ext. 75225
K-5 Literacy Coordinator
6-12 Literacy Coordinator
K-5 Mathematics Coordinator
479.784.8182 ext. 73541
K-12 Science Coordinator