The office of the Assistant Superintendent oversees
Curriculum and Instruction in the Beverly Public Schools. Within that
oversight are a number of programs and initiatives.
The district is required to align its curriculum with
the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The district has aligned instruction in grades K-12 in English Language
Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Health/Wellness. In addition, the
district is working on creating curriculum maps which outline the
sequence of instruction as well as essential understandings that
students will acquire as a result appropriate grade-level instruction.
Course outlines for Beverly High School are available on the High School
District Curriculum Accommodation Plan
The Massachusetts Department of Education requires
that each district develop and implement a District Curriculum
Accommodation Plan (DCAP). This plan outlines educational services that
can accommodate students learning needs and avoid unnecessary referrals
to special education.
The district conducts several different types of
assessments. Standardized testing provides the district with a snapshot
of student performance at a certain point in time. It also compares
student performance with that of state or national groups. MCAS, PARCC, SAT, and AP are the current standardized testing programs
being implemented in the district. Other tests are given internally for
the district to adjust their instructional programming during the year
so that we can ensure that students learn the curriculum and are better
prepared to take standardized tests. Each year the Massachusetts
Department of Education requires that districts be measured for accountability determinations, including school and district accountability and assistance levels.. Results
of this measurement are reported as Progress and Performance Indicators (PPI).
The Beverly Public Schools provides a number of
district-wide programming to enhance the basic instructional
programming. The office of the Assistant Superintendent oversees and
updates these programs.