Middle School Curriculum
Beliefs Regarding Differentiated Instruction (D.I.) (Middle School)
Differentiated Instruction In Madison County Middle Schools looks like..
Small group instruction that targets specific needs
Planning and preparation
Evidence of use of data
Middle schools have adopted reading programs that also incorporate assessments to determine the levels of the learner and provide appropriate instruction. Voyagers and Read 180 are essential parts of these balanced reading programs that guide students to be better readers. All subjects are focused on building better thinkers and problem-solvers who can apply knowledge in new situations.
F 64 and below (Very Poor / Failure)
3-Tier Intervention Process
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.
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:
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:
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.
Promotion / Retention
Promotion and retention decisions in the Madison County School District are based upon student achievement of objectives as outlined in the instructional management plans of the Madison County School District. In all subjects and at all grade levels, mastery will be defined as the student demonstrating ability to perform the objective at the 70% level.
Students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are required to take reading, mathematics, science, English, and social studies. State law now requires a student to take additional physical based electives such as band, choral music and P.E.
To be eligible for promotion to the next grade level, a student must master essential skills as identified in the curriculum structure of the State of Mississippi and the Madison County School District, and must show proficiency in the designated essential skills for all subjects taken.
If a student receives a final grade of F in any course, this constitutes failure of that course and could result in the student being retained.
To be eligible for summer school, student must have a final grade average of at least 55 in the course that he/she is attempting to retake.
Only students residing in the Madison County School District will be allowed to attend summer school in the district.
Exemption from retention
The district may exempt a student from retention provided:
If a student is exempted from retention, possible educational repercussions are discussed with parents/guardians, specifically including a detailed explanation of the graduation requirement of passing the subject area tests. Parental consent is given.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will be used as (1) universal screeners to identify students who may have fallen significantly behind and are in need of intervention, (2) indicators of academic growth for students, and (3) placement in accelerated classes at the middle school level. They will be administered three times each year – Fall, Winter, and Spring. Reports may be sent home at the discretion of the building level principal. The intent of the assessments is to identify current levels of the learners in the classrooms and to guide the teacher in the instruction of each individual student.