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Peru Central reviews curriculum for potential improvements

"Such coordination and collaboration is evidence of teachers providing a more coherent, coordinated pathway of learning and instruction for students," he said.

Classroom walk-throughs also provided evidence of coordinated curriculum delivery in eighth grade classes, the report states.

Recommendations outlined in the report suggested continued use of state-format questions on unit tests to help prepare students for the state's social studies test as well as varied assessment strategies used day-to-day within the seventh and eighth grade social studies classes.

Continued engagement with curriculum that involves students with national, state and regional events of historical significance, such as Clinton County's celebration of the Samuel de Champlain Quadricentennial, was also suggested.

The audit team also suggested bolstering the alignment of social studies curriculum from the elementary to middle school levels and middle school to high school levels.

The middle school was commended for its availability and use of information network technology, particularly in reference to its Smart Board projection display units and computer workstations. The technology was found to be integrated into curriculum on a daily basis in seventh and eight grade social studies classes.

The extensive engagements with information technology resources among middle school students and faculty members in recent years has been a contributing factor to achievements in recent years at Peru Middle School, the superintendent said.

Scott further credited the district's board of education, administrators, the Peru Association of Teachers, and several dozen district faculty members who were actively engaged and encouraged the internal audit process.

"The teachers who served on the curriculum audit team are veteran instructors themselves - so their recommendations have a level of credibility with the faculty members associated with middle school social studies," said Scott.

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