Beliefs Regarding Differentiated Instruction (D.I.)
Principals are the Instructional Leaders
Teachers are the key
Classrooms should be diverse learning centers
Curriculum: Aligned with Rigor & Relevance
Must meet the needs of ALL students
Will increase student achievement
Data drives decisions
Differentiated Instruction In Madison County High Schools Looks like…
Students will be engaged
Actively involved with assigned task
Appropriate teacher questioning techniques and student response
Various DOK Levels
Posted in EZ Lesson Planner
Evident in assessments
Evident in classroom discussions
Flexible and Varied Grouping
Based on various data(not limited to standardized tests)
Groups based on readiness/interest/abilities
Varying levels of complexity
Alternative ways of reaching same goals taking into account individual student needs
Based on performance on previously assigned tasks
Higher level students tutor other students in need
Independent Study Projects
Performance-based assignment utilizing rubrics
High Schools have studied ways to differentiate instruction by interests and learning styles. Variation of instructional delivery is required and students are challenged to become analytical thinkers. Many accelerated courses are offered, along with dual enrollment.
The Madison County School District has implemented an instructional model designed to meet the needs of every student. The model consists of three tiers of instruction.
Tier 1 Quality classroom instruction based on MS Curriculum Frameworks
Tier 2 Focused supplemental instruction
Tier 3 Intensive interventions (both academic and/or behavioral) specifically designed to meet the individual needs of students
Universal screeners and progress monitoring will be utilized to (a) determine if students are making adequate progress, (b) identify students as soon as they begin to fall behind, and (c) modify instruction early enough to ensure each and every student gains essential skills. Monitoring of student progress is an ongoing process that may be measured through informal classroom assessment, benchmark assessment instruments and largescale assessments.
If strategies at Tiers 1 & 2 are unsuccessful, students must be referred to the their school’s Teacher Support Team (TST). The TST is a problem-solving unit responsible for interventions developed at Tier 3. Interventions will be:
Designed to address the deficit areas:
Implemented as designed by the TST; supported by data regarding the effectiveness of interventions.
After a referral is made, the TST will develop and begin implementation of an intervention(s) within two weeks. No later than four weeks after implementation of the intervention(s) the TST will conduct a documented review of the intervention(s) to determine success of the intervention(s). A second review will be conducted no later than 8 weeks after the implementation of the intervention(s) to determine whether the intervention is successful. No later than 12 weeks after the implementation of the intervention(s) a third review will be conducted. If the intervention(s) is determined to be unsuccessful, then the student will be referred to the school’s Local Survey Committee to determine the need for a comprehensive assessment for special education services.
In addition to failure to make adequate progress following Tiers 1 & 2, students will be referred to the TST for interventions if any of the following events occur:
Grades 1-3: A student has failed one (1) grade;
Grades 4-12: A student has failed two (2) grades;
A students failed either of the preceding two grades and has been suspended or expelled for more than twenty (20) days in the current school year: or
A student scores at the Minimal level on any part of the Grade 3 or Grade 7 Mississippi Curriculum Test
Referrals to the TST must be made within the first twenty (20) school days of a school year if the student meets any of the criteria A-D above.
English (4 Carnegie Units)
Science (4 Carnegie Units — 2 Lab Based)
Health (.5 Carnegie Unit)
Fine Arts (1 Carnegie Unit)
Plus any state mandated exams.
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 24
Math (4 Carnegie Units) **
History (4 Carnegie Units)
Computer (1 Carnegie Unit)
Electives (5 Carnegie Units)
Madison County Schools offers all 11th grade students the ACT Assessment at no charge.
Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn college or vocational credit toward a postsecondary diploma at a Mississippi public college that may or may not also count as credit toward a high school diploma through School Day Enrollment and Independent Study Enrollment.