Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools uses the Ohio Department of Education's Academic Content Standards as the foundation to develop all courses of study. This ensures that written curriculum, classroom instruction, and assessments of learning all match -- an alignment that research suggests makes a powerful impact on student achievement.
Textbooks and materials for B-C-S go through a curriculum-alignment process too. Committees made up of teachers, administrators, and parents participate in reviewing textbooks from various companies to determine how well they align with the standards and just as important, how well they meet the needs of our student population.
Furthermore, B-C-S incorporates the academic content standards into professional development activities, focusing on teaching strategies and assessments. Waiver days are used to assist teachers and administrators in the buildings and across the district with effective instruction and assessment strategies all aligned to our district's Ohio Improvement, Race to the Top, and Response to Intervention Plans.