The St. Louis Public School District schools are working to provide higher quality instruction than ever before.
The way we taught students in the past simply does not prepare them for the higher demands of college and careers today and in the future. SLPS schools and schools throughout the country are working to improve teaching and learning to ensure that all children will graduate high school with the skills they need to be successful.
In mathematics, this means three major changes. Teachers will concentrate on teaching a more focused set of major math concepts and skills. This will allow students time to master important ideas and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next. It will also call for teachers to use rich and challenging math content and to engage students in solving real-world problems in order to inspire greater interest in mathematics.
In English language arts and literacy, this means three major changes. Students will continue reading and writing. But in addition to stories and literature, they will read more texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas including science and social studies.
They will read more challenging texts and be asked more questions that will require them to refer back to what they have read. There will also be an increased emphasis on building a strong vocabulary so that students can read and understand challenging material.
The District has partnered with the Council of the Great City Schools to create Parent Guidebooks for Math and Language Arts to provide our parents with a roadmap for helping their child achieve the most success in school. We hope you enjoy these “Roadmaps to Success.”