D205 Learning Standards & Instruction

Learning Standards

Overview

In Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, the basic purpose of the curriculum is to provide a comprehensive learning experience that actively engages and challenges each student to be a continuing learner who makes responsible choices and interacts with society in a constructive manner (6:10 Educational Philosophy and Objectives).

The District utilizes a comprehensive curriculum that is aligned with the following (6:40 Curriculum Development):

  1. The District's educational philosophy and goals,
  2. Student needs as identified by research, demographics, and student achievement and other data,
  3. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for students to become life-long learners,
  4. The minimum requirements of State and federal law and regulations for curriculum and graduation requirements, including but not limited to the Illinois Instructional Mandates (2023-24),
  5. The curriculum District-wide and articulated across all grade levels,
  6. The Illinois State Learning Standards and District learning standards, and
  7. Any required State or federal student testing.

Policy 6:60 contains additional details regarding instruction on subjects required by State statue or regulation.

Instruction

Overview

As provided in Board Policy 6:60, the District's Curriculum is grounded in the District's educational mission and incorporates instruction on all subjects required by State law and regulation. Critical thinking and civil discourse are elements of learning in various disciplines and classrooms.

All school-sponsored presentations and discussions of controversial or sensitive topics in the instructional program, including those made by guest speakers, adhere to the following (6:80 Teaching About Controversial Issues):

  • Age-appropriate and conveyed with the proper decorum.
  • Consistent with the curriculum and serve an educational purpose.
  • Informative and presented with a balanced view.
  • Respectful of the rights and opinions of everyone.
  • Not tolerant of profanity of slander.

When teaching controversial or sensitive topics, the teacher(s) shall present all facts in a scholarly and objective manner within the limits of appropriate teaching discretion and propriety. Generally, students are expected to engage in all aspects of the District's instructional program.

Knowledge of Students as Involved Learners

Overview

In order to ensure student learning, teachers must know not only subject content and its related pedagogy, but the students to whom they wish to teach that content. As a result, information about students may be periodically gathered by teachers for use in planning instruction and evaluating progress toward achieving goals.

Pursuant to Board Policy, 7:15 Student and Family Privacy Rights, all surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students, must advance or relate to the District's educational objectives as identified in policy 6:10, Educational Philosophy and Objectives, or assist students' career choices. This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified or of who created the survey.

Before a school official or staff member administers or distributes a survey or evaluation created by a third party to a student, parent(s)/guardian(s) may: 1. Inspect the survey or evaluation upon, and within a reasonable time of, their request, and/or 2. Refuse to allow their child to participate in the activity described. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercised this option.

Should a parent request to opt their student(s) out of a third party survey, the request should be shared annually with the individual school(s) of attendance for the student(s).

At this time, two surveys are administered in D205 by third party providers.