Academics

Standards Based Assessment & Grading

SKDS follows the Academic standards developed by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Parent Guide to Standards Based Grading
Standards Based Assessment and Grading Presentation

Curriculum

St. Katharine Drexel School Curriculum includes learning experiences designed to facilitate spiritual, intellectual, social, psychological, and psychomotor growth.  Individual student needs, abilities, and interests are considered in shaping and implementing the curriculum, which will develop a student’s relationship with God, self, and world.  Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are involved in developing, planning, implementing, evaluating, and revising the curriculum.

SKDS curriculum reflects the stated Catholic mission, vision, philosophy, and goals of our school. 

  1. SKDS curriculum takes account of the ideals, the realities, and the diversity of American culture as well as global awareness.
  2. SKDS curriculum reflects the fundamental principles of growth and development and best practices implemented by schools.  It recognizes and makes provisions for faith formation, diverse cultures, special needs, and learning styles.
  3. SKDS continually evaluates and revises its curriculum.  Annually, a different area is reviewed.
  4. The SKDS curriculum provides for a wide range of instructional strategies and assessment methods in the building of faith community and the development of all curricular areas.
  5. SKDS uses the exit expectation and alignment grids provided by the Office for Schools.  SKDS staff has developed an on-going plan to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment in all content areas.  Specific written curriculum includes philosophy, goals, grade level exit expectations, instructional strategies, and assessment methods which are aligned with state and national standards.
  6. SKDS is required to and follows the Academic Standards as developed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
  7. Technology is integrated into the SKDS curriculum.  As a result teaching and learning are enhanced resulting in improved achievement

Assessment

Standardized Testing Program (5120.1)

Annually, SKDS gives its students the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills/Cognitive Abilities Test; this is an Archdiocesan requirement for students in our Catholic Schools. 

The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  The exact tests that your child participated in depended on his or her grade level. 

The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Our students continue to achieve.  They continue to make gains from one year to the next.  It is also important to remember that these tests present a picture of the student for one moment in time.  While these tests are very important, they do not provide the entire portrait of what a student is capable of doing nor do they present the entire depiction of a student’s educational competency.  During the assessment timeframe, a child may have been tired, may not have felt well, or may have been distracted.  If all aspects in a child’s educational situation indicate struggle (classwork and projects, teacher observation, child lack of interest or school issues, teacher assessment, etc. in addition to the standardized tests), then there is reason for concern. 

We also know that we have more average and struggling students in our school population as well as students who are satisfied with mediocrity.  Additionally, we know that some students are not test takers.  They become very nervous when they have to concentrate on taking standardized tests for several days at a time even though we give breaks, offer encouragement and aim to provide an atmosphere that has a minimum of stress.  Assessment, though, is a fact of life.  We assess all students in grades 1 through 8.

Technology

Technology is utilized in the classroom. SKDS has initiated a one to one personal device program for students in K5-8 which is used to enrich the curriculum in all its various aspects.  Keyboarding skills, ethical use of technology and the internet, and general computer skills are taught. We integrate technology into all aspects of the curriculum.  It is an important skill/tool which students today must have.

St. Katharine Drexel School has smartboards and computers in all classrooms, and every student K5 through 8th grade has an assigned Chromebook or Chrome tablet. Wi-Fi access is available campus wide.

In the interest of Internet Safety, below are links to some helpful websites.

Online Safety Tips for Parents

Internet Safety

Digital Citizenship Resources for the Home